Jacob the Caterpillar wins you over in this fun, exciting rhyming, counting, picture book that will make you want to get up and hula hoop! In this motivational story you will share the day with young Jacob while he struggles with a roller coaster of emotions all because he steps out of his comfort zone to learn how to Hula Hoop! He finds out that he does not have to follow the crowd to fit in. With some kind words of advice from one of his elders, a passing butterfly, Jacob discovers the power of intention, practice makes perfect and never give up on your dreams. The day dreaming young caterpillar wins over the admiration of his friends. Children learn their numbers with fun rhymes as they count to twenty while discovering some of life's greatest lessons. At the end of the inspirational story adults are encouraged to teach kids to count higher and that hooping is fun exercise while Jacob keeps swishing that hoop until the sun goes down.
About the Authors
Kym Pfannkuch was born in Bridgeport, CT in 1972. She grew up in Trumbull, CT. From an early age she enjoyed art. Kym studied Illustration and Graphic Design at Paier College of Art. After illustrating the children’s book "Poppy’s Plateful of Smiles" in 1995 Kym worked in the field of graphic design in both web and print.
Stan Festa was born in Stamford, CT in 1970. He grew up in Norwalk and Monroe, CT. Stan loved sports, especially Football. After working as a Fairfield County Sheriff he began his own landscape company.
In 1997 they married. Kym and Stan spent the little free time they had outside in nature and messing around with art. Born with art and design skills they utilized them in their first joint business building waterfalls and koi ponds. At the end of 2005 they moved to FL. Here they live with their two kids Jaxx and LeeLoo. Both are rescue dogs, their family. You will find them traveling on the road in their RV for work and play.
The two work extremely well together and so chose to use the name Festa Pfannkuch representing themselves as one entity. (Pfannkuch is pronounced FanCook) They write and create art together as a unified creative team bouncing ideas back and forth until the project is complete. As for the Illustrations it is Kym who puts the pencil to paper while Stan helps with art direction. The struggles of their character Jacob in this children’s book mirrored the couple’s struggles in getting their book to you. After many closed doors, setbacks and disappointments the team decided that when you can’t find the right door you make one instead. They have several other stories already written and several more in early concept stages. So it’s full speed ahead!
Praise for The Caterpillar and the Hula Hoop
“As artists we feel we are here to make the world a better place with the gifts that we were given. Everyone has a chance to make a difference. While our work is meant to be enjoyed by kids, we hope adults especially get a kick out of it too. Our stories are many things, but first and foremost they are meant to be FUN. When reading our books with your kids, we truly hope your youthful spirit is awakened again, even if only for a few moments.” - Festa Pfannkuch
“A wonderful story that encourages readers to try their best and to never give up. As a physical educator I just loved that and how the exercise was co-mingled with the reading and counting. I truly recommend this book!" - Fran Dunaway, Physical Education Specialist, Nashville, TN