Book release: Broken Crayons

By Patsy Dingwell | Illustrated by Marla Lesage

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Island author Patsy Dingwell has released her first book, Broken Crayons.

When Ms. Gillis, a preservice teacher on PEI, decides to complete her International Teaching Practicum in Kenya, sponsored by Farmers Helping Farmers, she can’t wait to start her adventure in the warm African sun, leaving behind cold February days in Canada and (as she comes to learn) a well-stocked Island classroom. She is eager to share her newly-acquired teaching skills with the children in Kenya. She arrives laden with gifts and school supplies from friends on PEI. As she distributes a gift of crayons to her students she soon realizes that she is the one who has the most to learn. Broken Crayons is a delightful story written for school age children. It is a based on a true story that never grows old and one which carries a message for all ages.

Dingwell’s grandchildren are often the audience for her life-long love of storytelling. A retired special education assistant, she now makes time to write and travel. Her favourite destination is Kenya, having visited three times. As a long-time member of Farmers Helping Farmers Dingwell founded the School Twinning Project and is proud to relate stories of this Island NGO.

Marla Lesage is an artist, illustrator, writer and dreamer. She lives in New Brunswick with her favourite scallywags and several fish. She is the author and illustrator of Pirate,Year Round.

Online book launch details can be found on the Acorn Press website at

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