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The Adventures of Harry & Friends brings back the books of yesteryear. Parents and their children can snuggle together somewhere comfortable in the dusk of evening, or any time, and explore these delightful childhood adventures.
Harry is a charming character who makes friends and learns martial arts. His spunky and happy nature is brought to life through stories and life lessons that reflect martial art tenets such as respect, perseverance, and courtesy. His good nature and interactions with his family, friends and his lively inner superhero propel this bright and delightful character into the hearts of all who read these books.
As a mom of a homeschool family and a martial art instructor of children for more than twenty years, I wish I had these books to share and explore with my own children and martial art students years ago!
Bio: Andrea F. Harkins, a/k/a The Martial Arts Woman, is an author of books, a magazine columnist, blogger, and podcaster who motivates thousands of friends, fans, and followers who are inspired by her poignant and positive views on martial arts and life. Her books, The Martial Arts Woman and Martial Art Inspirations for Everyone are available on Amazon.Andrea F. Harkins
As a Student, I have had the great pleasure in witnessing Harry the Lizard grow into a colorful and lively character who has long earned his place in the hearts of families who want to instill in their children the greatest principles in life. I vividly remember being a young kid, watching Sarah complete the first sketches of Harry. Over the years, he gained friends, storylines, and animation. To hold these books in my hands, I know I hold decades of work, inspiration, and education. Harry is not only a fun character to read; he pulls his readers into his story and makes them deliberate and consider along the way. Harry and his friends are not interested in just entertainment; they are here to educate and help children become good people.
As a teacher, I truly believe there is no greater lesson than character development. To know that other children will hear those empowering and significant words fills me with hope and pride.
As a Mom, the most wonderful part of holding Harry’s books is getting to share him with my three-year old daughter. I read to her all three of Harry’s current books, and she sat and listened intently without loosing attention, a rarity with longer books. More than that, she later recalled certain parts of Harry’s story and mentioned them to me, like the monkey bars or the martial arts itself. More importantly, she will learn the significant lessons I gained from my own Martial Arts Training: perseverance, discipline, respect, and so much more. Now I do not have to wait to share this education with her. Harry and his friends get to start that conversation in my household right now.” …Jacklyn Gion – Program Coordinator- Masters in Fine Arts (Creative Writing) Stetson UniversityJacklyn Gion
Harry and Friends stories and activity books are the perfect character training tool for any parent. These stories are engaging using familiar situations that children come across on a daily basis. The character training that Harry and Friends provides has benefited our family in numerous ways including my children showing more respect, initiative, integrity, patience, and self-control. It is a resource every family needs.Jennifer Higginbotham Heidorn
Harry and friends are not only relatable to the kids but colorful, fun and engaging too! The activity books and stories go beyond my expectations. This program sparks joy in my child every time she participates. Character building, morals, life lessons- it’s all here. Highly recommend!Elli Withrow
Sarah Beliza Tucker has been working in Children’s Media for almost 30 years.
Starting as a Fox Kids Club actress and producer, she learned to hold the attention of children through media since her teens. She moved on to theater, animation and video game production.
She is dedicated to producing media that does more than entertain, but also instills life lessons all children need to succeed.
Her company, Ocean Aire Productions, has been helping the martial arts industry teach character development worldwide since 2006! She is a co-owner of a martial arts school with her husband, where she has been teaching and developing Character Education Programs for children for over 20 years.
Sarah created Harry the Red Headed Lizard as a creative writing assignment in the ninth grade, and he has been with her ever since, evolving into what he is today. All the characters and mentors in her stories are based on the children, teachers and parents she has worked with over the past 20 years.
Sarah brings a sense of realism within the fantasy world, she gives young children a safe place to learn life skills and problem solving by connecting them with characters that they can relate to.
Sculptor, Illustrator, Designer, Artist, Father. These 5 words do a good job of describing Adam Ihle. Drawing since he was old enough to pick up a pencil, Adam’s professional career has spanned from working in television and film, the toy industry, theme parks, animation and illustration. A self described geek, Adam enjoys allowing his love of science fiction animation and comics to influence his art, some of which can be seen in the Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. This NYC born, adopted Floridian feels his greatest achievements are his children who share his love of art and all things geeky.