New Picture Book “Phoebe Bee” is Released

New Picture Book “Phoebe Bee” is Released


Bullying is a form of abuse that can cause lasting emotional and sometimes fatal physical harm on those effected by it. Incidences of bullying behavior are not only observed in children, but also in adults. Author/illustrator Arlene Rita Borromeo, has addressed this problem through the less often used, biblical approach of overcoming evil with good.

The enchantingly illustrated tale of Phoebe Bee takes place along the winding path of the gray house garden, where she spends her lazy summer days delighting in the many different kinds of flowers surrounding her, much to the dismay of other bees who reside there.

Borromeo delivers to her readers a message of hope through combating the bullying issue while maintaining self-respect and dignity. Phoebe Bee offers young readers alternative ways to handle the bullying issue without resorting to retaliation and cruelty. It conveys themes of kindness and tolerance, which can guide children of all ages throughout their lives

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About the Author

Arlene Rita Borromeo spent her early years in Rhode Island, attending Saturday art classes at the Rhode IslandSchool of Design. By the time she had completed her BFA in Illustration from Massachusetts College of Art, she was already married and expecting her first child. At age 2, her son commented on her artwork with, "Mommy, why does your artwork always turn out better than mine?" Not wanting to hinder her son's creativity, she packed away her art supplies in favor of cooking, baking and home decor. Her son was happy and so was she, as interior design contracts started pouring in.

As her children grew, so did her horizons, to include teaching residential design on the college level, modeling and coordinating a segment on artistically gifted children for local CBS and NBC affiliate stations. She worked on that project for 7 years. During that time she completed a graduate degree in Broadcast Journalism from Emerson College, and started writing and illustrating, again. She now has 12 new book projects in various stages of completion.

Phoebe Bee * by Arlene Rita Borromeo
Publication Date: 1/30/2014
Picture Book; $21.99; 28 pages; 978-1-4836-2821-9
Picture Book Hardcover; $31.99; 28 pages; 978-1-4836-2822-6
Ebook; $3.99; 978-1-4836-2823-3

To request a complimentary paperback review copy, contact the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (812) 355-4079 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7879.

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