Nico and Lola: Kindness shared between a boy and his dog

April 2, 2009 10:09:20 AM PDT
Where do children learn kindness? You might think it comes from the love and affection lavished on them from parents and siblings. But as many parents find out, the truth is it comes out of their first loving relationship with a family pet, according to the authors of a new book for children. In Nico and Lola, a boy named Nico must search his heart for ways to be kind while caring for a little pug named Lola. The heartwarming story, captured in touching photos, is inspired by the fable "Androcles and the Lion." As in the timeless legend, the little boy comes to the aid of an animal in trouble; it's the beginning of a very special relationship."Every child who learns and shares kindness from a pet has the power to make a difference and make our world a better place," says author Meggan Hill. "Nico and Lola is a wonderful book for readers of all ages. This heartwarming tale reminds each of us we can always be just a little bit kinder in everything we do."

This book captures a big idea coming from just two little beings, adds photographer Susan Grauncke. "It delivers a simple, beautiful loving and hope filled message that will resonate with people young and old everywhere."

Nico and Lola is available online at www.nicoandlola.com and www.amazon.com and at the following Chicago area bookstores: Anderson's Bookshop (www.andersonsbookshop.com) in Naperville; The Book Bin (www.bookbin.booksense.com) in Northbrook, and Crocodile Pie (www.crocodilepie.com) in Libertyville. Magic Tree Bookstore www.magictreebooks.com in Oak Park; Chicago Kids Bookstores and More www.chicagokidsbooks.com in Chicago, and Townhouse Books and Café www.townhousebooks.com in St. Charles.

About Nico and Lola

Nico and Lola still enjoy time together playing tag, sharing special snacks and taking naps on their favorite blanket. They continue to be the very best kind of friends.

About the Author - Meggan Hill

Meggan Hill learned kindness at an early age, as she grew up taking care of all kinds of animals, from ponies and rabbits to dogs, cats and tadpoles. The manager of an Illinois horse farm, Hill graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in Psychology. She has two children and feels it is critical to provide meaningful books to young people. She believes kindness can be inspired by anyone, even two little beings like Nico and Lola. This is her first book.

About the Photographer - Susan M. Graunke

Susan M. Graunke practices kindness daily as she takes care of Lola and her other pet dogs, Stella and Devon. Graunke is the founder and owner of Kickapoo Farms (www.kickapoofarms.com) and started Cowboy Dreams of Illinois. Graunke graduated from Northern Illinois University and has two grown children. She is an avid golfer and outdoorswoman who began studying photography three years ago. Both author and photographer have lived in Barrington for more than 10 years where they have worked together. Graunke and Hill also offer school visits and presentations. They enjoy encouraging students to explore the worlds of reading and writing.

For more information, check their website: www.nicoandlola.com, or contact Michele Kophs, Event Coordinator at 360.597.3432.

Meet the authors and Lola

  • April 3 at 10:30 am: Crocodile Pie, 866 S. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, www.crocodilepie.com
  • April 3 at 7 pm: The Magic Tree Bookstore, 141 N Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, www.magictreebooks.com. Children can wear their pajamas and bring their favorite stuffed dog to this evening event.
  • April 4 at 11 am: Andersons Bookshop, 123 W Jefferson Ave., Naperville, www.andersonsbookshop.com
  • Visit www.nicoandlola.com for other events.


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