Helen Holder


My childhood ambition was to be a teacher, an author, and an artist. I spent 34 years in the first grade (33 of them as a teacher.) Since retiring from teaching, I write children’s stories and record the doings of the Ladies Floral Club and Friends of the Creche as the secretary for each group. I also do a little illustrating.

Other activities include origami, bookmaking, crocheting, traveling to visit 11 grandchildren and collecting nativity scenes. During the Christmas season, more than 900 nativity scenes take over the house and we become a tourist destination.

I live in Austin, MN with my husband Bill, and a few very hardy plants. 

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An Unusual Tale

Don’t be afraid to try a new job if you don’t like the one you have now. A knight and a dragon find they can leave fairy tale stereotypes behind and be successful at other jobs that fit their talents. Written for ages 4 to 8-years-old.

David's Pretzels

David's Pretzels is an alphabet book that is not only fun to read aloud and great for 4 to 6-year-olds to learn letter names and sounds but also helps with pre-reading skills such as the structure and pattern of books (left to right reading, left page first), the feature analysis of letter-forms and letter orientation, and how we talk about letters and words. It features some unusual words and encourages expanding your vocabulary.

Glorious Gertie's Fabulous Fireworks

The location of Gertie’s fireworks store means no sales, but that makes it possible to rescue a town’s fireworks display. The rescue, in turn, helps her get the funds for better advertising for her store. Her patriotic cat Uncle Sam is pleased by it all. Written for ages 4 to 8-year-old.

I Painted A Magenta Flamingo

I Painted a Magenta Flamingo pits the imagination of a brother against the facts his sister knows about flamingos. The brother creates his fantasy world undeterred by his sister’s efforts to make him stick to reality. The sister does know her facts, so the reader will become quite knowledgeable about flamingos, too. Suitable for ages 4 to 8 years.

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