Sammy Sparrow's First Flight
New Release 2015
Parents set rules for their children for a reason. Sammy Sparrow quickly learns why while trying to fly alone at night. His wings are weak and Sammy falls into a bush below. The world looks scary from the ground. A friendly owl flies Sammy back home to sleep under his parents’ wings.
Sammy Sparrow's Shelter Project
by Tracy Ahrens
Creative since childhood, it wasn't until I attended college that I learned I could draw. “Sammy Sparrow’s First Flight” (ages 2-8) was created within 1 to 2 weeks during a holiday break when I was in college. I sat on the floor in my bedroom at my parent’s home with my drawing pads and chalks flaking dust up to my elbows. The book images came to me first and years later I fine-tuned the words.
While in college a self-publishing company was interested in printing my book, but being a poor college student I could not move forward. I put “Sammy Sparrow’s First Flight” away in scrap book sleeves until now.
I initially went to college to be a veterinarian. I changed my major to English and still help creatures with the written word, my art and volunteering with humane organizations.
It is only fitting to finally let this project fly from the nest, like Sammy. And it is fitting to help humane organizations that I have grown to know and some I have volunteered with.
Most of my books and art have assisted humane charities while hopefully making people smile with the text and images.
Here is a list of organizations in the Sammy Sparrow Shelter Project.
Cache Creek Animal Rescue Kankakee County Humane Foundation
Illinois Horse Rescue BARK (Because Animals Really Kount)
Iroquois County Animal Rescue River Valley Animal Rescue
Grassroots Animal Rescue New Beginnings for Cats
$2 from each book purchase will be donated
to the organization you choose and note on the form below.