By Cindy W. Hollingsworth
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Cindy W. Hollingsworth has spent her life dedicated to the dance arts and dance education. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a BS degree in dance. She and her husband owned and operated dance studios in both Virginia and North Carolina for over 43 years. They also founded Dance Troupe, Inc. (DTI), a large national dance seminar and competition company dedicated to the tradition of dance excellence.
Cindy began writing in her early years. She often wrote scripts for children’s plays, pageants, or recital themes. Many of the dance-studio recital programs had introductions written by her. These were poems related to the themes of the shows. She has written poems for other dance teachers as well and writes biographies and resumes for performers and teachers on request.
Though she never seriously considered writing for publication, Cindy often found her heart called to record--in verse or narrative--various aspects of life that touched her soul. In 2011, she wrote, sang vocals for, and produced a children’s CD for dance and listening called Songs in My Head. She wrote the accompanying dance teachers’ manual with helpful hints for classroom use of the CD and collaborated on the coloring-book page related to each of the songs.
According to the author, “My life has always been about dance and creating through movement. Now my creativity has led to other forms of the arts such as songwriting, poetry, and children’s rhymes and short stories.
Cindy W. Hollingsworth
Twig was delivered to a tree lot on a truck. Along with bigger trees and other Christmas things, he was hauled off the truck. But the tree lot’s owner said he was too little and would end up as firewood.
The big trees were all displayed at the front of the lot under the lights. Poor little Twig was in a lonely back corner of the lot in the dark near a shed.
One particularly cold night, Twig’s tears trickled down his branches. They froze all around him. That was the moment when
Johnny’s mom saw Twig all glistening and bright in the light of the moon. She called her son, who came running. He knew immediately that Twig was the Christmas tree meant for him.
Twig rode home on the top of their car, gazing at the stars and dreaming about his coming decorations. Johnny decorated Twig in his room. Though the first star atop Twig was too large, the next one was just the right size. Twig knew he had become “a Christmas tree at its best.” Johnny and Twig were thrilled that
they’d both gotten their Christmas dreams after all.
The rhyming text and Christmasy artwork in this book portray the hopeful, ever-changing ups and downs of Twig’s tale as he pursues his dream of becoming a real Christmas tree.
Twig’s Christmas Dream is a memorable, timeless, endearing picture book for children. Readers will be feeling all the emotions Twig felt all alone by that shed in the dark at the back of the tree lot. They’ll rejoice with Twig as he’s chosen to be Johnny’s tree, travels to his new home, and gets decorated by his new owner and friend. At the end of the story, they’ll smile when they hear, “Just remember that to someone, you may be the best gift of all.”
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