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Cathy (Bettwy) Breisacher, a 1988 graduate of Bishop Guilfoyle High School, has two picture books scheduled to release this spring. Her passion for picture books started many years ago when she was in graduate school to become an elementary school counselor and she witnessed the power of stories to entertain, educate and inspire. Her passion is to write fun, silly and funny stories that will put a smile on kids’ faces. Below is a brief description of her two upcoming books:

Cavekid Birthday is a prehistoric twist on O. Henry’s The Gift of the Magi. For Caveboy and Cavegirl, gift-giving rocks! After all, they are best friends and they share the same birthday. When it’s time to find the perfect present, each one trades something they treasure to get something for the other. But when it’s time to open their gifts, they are in for a mammoth surprise.

“I hope readers will see how much fun it can be to use their imaginations and creativity when they play,” Cathy says about the story. “I hope kids will enjoy seeing how Caveboy and Cavegirl solve their “problem” by using their ingenuity and enjoying time together.”

Chip and Curly, the Great Potato Race is a pun-filled story where Chip dreams of winning a Golden Bushel Award at the Annual Spud City Sack Race. When Curly shows up with a spring in his step, Chip wonders if he can get this win in the bag or if his dreams of winning will be mashed.

“I love potatoes and I love puns,” Cathy says. “I enjoyed thinking of words associated with potatoes to use in this book, and I hope readers will have fun keeping an eye out for those words as the story unfolds. The illustrations by Joshua Heinsz are colorful and fun, so readers will want to keep their eyes peeled for the variety of potato characters that appear on the pages. The book touches on the themes of friendship, competition and the idea that winning isn’t everything. I want readers to think about how good it feels when we practice good sportsmanship. This is a meaningful topic to discuss with children, especially in light of today’s climate.”

Cathy earned her Master’s Degree in Counselor Education from the Pennsylvania State University and her Master of Library Science Degree from Kutztown University. She is employed by the Hollidaysburg Area School District as an elementary school librarian. She lives in Hollidaysburg with her husband, Chuck.