~Written by Laurel Handfield
~Illustrated by Stacey Byer
Cassi wants to enter the Caribbean Conch Contest but she's not sure she has what it takes. She's a little conch who wants to win, but needs something to help her stand out from a sea of contestants.This colorful book encourages children to celebrate the things that make them unique and to cheer each other on. (Amazon)
Cassi da Conch is an inspiring story about a little conch shell who discovers the importance of being herself.
Cassi hopes to win the Caribbean Conch Contest like Mama Conch and Grandmama Conch did many year before. Contestants will be judged on their unique and special qualities. Cassi isn't sure what makes her special and asks her friend Snapper for help. Snapper suggests they see what the other contestants are up to get some ideas so Cassi can win the contest. Will Cassi ever realize she only needs to look within herself to find what makes her extraordinary?
The bright illustrations and charming characters add to the enjoyment of this charming little story that teaches children to be themselves.
I recommend picking up a copy of Cassi da Conch. Available on Amazon.
Laurel Handfield is originally from Malvern, Pennsylvania. Eleven years ago, she moved to the Bahamas where she now lives with her husband, three children and Abigail, the pet hamster. Cassi da Conch is her first picture book. This engaging story encourages children to celebrate their uniqueness.
Unsinkable is her first middle grade novel under the penname Nicole Bradshaw. This heart-wrenching novel details a fictional day-by-day account of the only black family on the Titanic.