Dear Calla Roo…Love, Savannah Blue: a letter about my birthday by Sudie Rakusin

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Great Dane Savannah Blue turns three! The third and newest book in the Dear Calla Roo…Love, Savannah Blue series. 44 pages, hardcover.

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Have you ever had a birthday? How did you celebrate?

In a letter about my birthday, the third and newest book in the Dear Calla Roo…Love, Savannah Blue series, Great Dane Savannah Blue turns three and has the best celebration she can dream up! 

Sudie with Savannah Blue

In 2000, I created the first book in what has become the children’s series Dear Calla Roo…Love, Savannah Blue. In December, 2007, I released this third book in the hardcover series and am working on a fourth. One summer when my sister Amy brought her eight-year-old daughter Calla Ruth to visit me in North Carolina, Calla and my Great Dane Savannah Blue became immediate friends.  After Amy and Calla Ruth returned home to Maryland, I began writing letters to Calla in what I imagined to be Savannah Blue’s voice.  Amy and Calla would read these letters together as though they were bedtime stories and eventually Amy urged me to do something creative with them. 

Sudie Rakusin is a visual artist, sculptor, illustrator and children’s book author. Her artwork flows from what moves her: women, animals and the earth.

She creates environments that are lush, rich with color and pattern. Sudie currently resides in Hillsborough, NC, in the woods, on the edge of a meadow, surrounded by her gardens, with her Great Dane, Fiona Fig, and Pitt/Boxer, Marmalade Moon.

Written and Illustrated by Sudie Rakusin.

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