I first met Fran Lewis about a month ago. I was a guest on “A Good Story is A Good Story” on Blog Talk Radio with Marsha Casper Cook. Fran was also a guest. I knew that Fran was a respected book reviewer and radio host (she has her own show called Book Discussion with Fran Lewis on Blogtalk Radio.), but I did not know Fran was a fellow children’s author. I just knew I had to learn more about this energetic and lovely woman!
Fran has three children’s books: My Name is Bertha, Bertha Speaks Out, and Bertha Fights Back.
So without any further delay – let’s meet Bertha:
Rehearsals are fun and I love playing the score from this show. But, I really hope they let me play at least one or two during the real performance which is on Friday Night at 8P.M. My sister really wants me to accompany her at least for two or three of the songs since I have been playing during the rehearsals. My sister wears glasses too and we joke about the fact that she can’t see without them. So, I have the cutest present for her for after the show. (Please don’t tell Tillie: A great bouquet of carrots in order to improve her eyesight). Cute right!
Being overweight is not great. Losing weight is hard. Being kind to other kids and teaching them tolerance and not to make fun of others is what the teachers try to do but do not always succeed in doing. Remember: There is lunchtime, recess and gym time and that is when the teachers might not hear or see everything that happens. But, for those of you out there who are overweight and feel they will never lose an ounce. Don’t give up. With the help of my sister, Tillie, my grandmother, Katie and one smart doctor who figured out I had a thyroid problem, I know I will lose some weight.
P.S. I am going to accompany my sister on Friday Night for at least two songs. Playing the piano and the violin makes me feel special. Everyone has a talent and everyone is special and unique in his/her own way. I am lucky to have a great sister like Tillie. She is my best friend.
|Fran's Sister Marcia - aka Tillie|
Bertha is my character’s name
Hoping to get her some glory and fame
Won’t you take a chance and read about her
Bertha Speaks Out you might prefer
She is over weight and not so cute
She is smart and very astute
Her mind works overtime and she has great wit
Never underestimating her I will admit
Resourceful and clever at weight loss camp
She hid her away her snacks this smart scamp
Dealing with tough girls and getting straight A’s
Bertha finally speaks out and changes her ways
A teacher who gave her a really hard time
Would not submit her story and that was a crime
Because her classmates rated it the best
She would not sit still or give it a rest
Although she might not have gone about all the right way
She finally spoke out and had her own day
To express to her parents how she really did feel
You need to read my book Bertha it has great appeal.
She Fights Back next against injustice and more
So read all three of her books and learn the real score.
-Fran and Bertha
What I love about Fran’s books is that they teach, among other things, acceptance. I’m thinking Bertha and Nate Rocks should meet up – yes, I know Nate doesn’t like girls, but I’m pretty sure he’d make an exception for this amazing young lady! Just imagine what they could accomplish if they tackled the world together!
Thank you so much Fran for introducing us to Bertha today!
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