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New Ballet Children's Book Inspires Future Dancers and Football Players - Illustrator Holding Rockport Book Signing December 6, 2008

A new children's book, 'Gwendolyn, the Graceful Pig', has been released just in time for the holidays. Natick, Massachusetts author David Rottenberg and Medford, Massachusetts illustrator Lesley Anderson have joined forces to create an engaging tale of perseverance through the eyes of two endearing pigs - not-so-graceful Gwendolyn, and clumsy football hopeful Omar. The book is available at for $15.95

Rockport, MA, December 05, 2008 --( Illustrator Lesley Anderson, a Rockport, Massachusetts native currently residing in Medford, Massachusetts, will be holding a book signing event open to the public on Saturday, December 6, 2008 from 11AM - 2PM at the Hula Moon Cafe in Rockport, among the day's holiday festivities for Rockport's annual tree lighting event. The hardcover, full-color books will be available for purchase directly from the illustrator, with custom messages welcome.

Anderson and local author David Rottenberg have joined forces to create an engaging tale of perseverance through the eyes of two endearing pigs - not-so-graceful Gwendolyn, and clumsy football hopeful Omar. The pair find themselves in an unlikely situation when the foreboding Russian ballet teacher, Natasha Levertov, self-proclaimed "greatest teacher of dance in 'ze vorld'" catches them peering in the window of her ballet studio one afternoon.

Much like Gwendolyn and Omar's journey into the unexpected, Anderson's role as illustrator came in an unconventional way. The author needed to choose the illustrator for this book from several candidates. Throwing tradition to the wind, Rottenberg brought sample illustrations from all candidates to local groups of children to decide who would illustrate the book, and the rest, as they say, is history.

'Gwendolyn, the Graceful Pig' has been a success among ballet companies and bookstores, drawing both boys and girls to explore the adventures contained within. While the cover suggests a book appropriate for young ballerinas, upon opening the book, the reader finds that aspiring sports players can also relate. The story is appropriate for children up to age 8, and many adults have chuckled while reading Natasha's Russian accent and seeing the colorful, charming illustrations.

'Gwendolyn, the Graceful Pig' has received rave reviews not only from customers but from businesses as well. editor Wendy Garofoli writes, "This cute story can help inspire both boys and girls to get into dance class, and it gives accolades to the teachers themselves, whose dedication is often overlooked."

The 40 page, full color, hardcover book with dustjacket is available online and in bookstores for $15.95.

About the Illustrator

Lesley Anderson is a children's book illustrator in Medford, Massachusetts. Originally from Rockport, Anderson grew up developing her creative talents in the arts, music and theater, with her first dedicated museum exhibit at the age of 13. Beyond children's book illustration, Anderson creates pet portraits from photographs at and works as an independent business and web copywriter, social media consultant, and children's musical theater composer. Further information can be found at

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