Cindy W. Hollingsworth

By Cindy W. Hollingsworth

Picture Book
52 pages


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Author Cindy Hollingsworth wrote this book after her friend Mr. G told her the story of his fishing adventure that landed Herman and his shell home on the Oak Island beach. On that particular fishing day, Mr. G put up a good fight against Herman the hermit crab. The author wrote Mr. G’s true story later and enhanced it. She’s brought the thrilling exploit to life with rhyming and descriptive text that will place the reader alongside Herman as his shell home is tossed to and fro. Her book has given us a unique take on a thrilling ride for Herman. The story is educational and thought provoking about all that the beach has to offer.

    Herman the Hermit Crab—A Reel Dilemma tells a nerve-wracking tale that will stir readers’ blood. Listeners and readers alike will learn more about realities of seaside life. This well-crafted story offers real-life lessons that children and adults will enjoy.

Ms. Hollingsworth began dance training at the age of three. Her first month of dancing was spent on the teacher’s lap crying for her mother. But once her feet, in tiny pink ballet shoes, hit the floor, it was love at first dance and that love has continued to this day some 70 years later. Though years have taken much from her dance agility, she still enjoys her creative and technical knowledge and uses them to continue to teach and choreograph for students in surrounding local dance studios.

Her life has been one of devotion to the dance arts and choreography and studying them all through her high school and college years. She graduated with a degree in Dance as Performing Arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. During her sophomore year in college, she met and fell in love with her husband of 43 years, Ray Hollingsworth. Together they built two of the largest and best-known dance education centers in North Carolina and Virginia, and a Dance Seminar and Competition Company known as Dance Troupe, Inc. (DTI).

  “My life has always been about dance and creating. Sometimes the creation leads to paths other than dance such as songwriting and writing in general, and that has been a wonderful gift. Music, theater, and the performing arts stir my soul to the highest heights of energy and enthusiasm and make living in the arts a dream come true.

   “I am also extremely excited to be able to say I’m an award-winning author.  Who gets to say that? Me. I can’t believe it. But thank you to my Paws and Claws team for making it possible. In December of 2016 I was selected by the Dog Writers Association of America to be in a group of five finalists for the Best Children’s Book. In February 2017 I was chosen as the winner of the Maxwell Medallion and given the honor of having Westie Tails—Meet Two Little Westies chosen as the best Children’s Book of 2016 by this association. Thank you, thank you so much. We don’t get to any one place or honor in this life without the help of others. This is definitely true for this award.”