By Cindy W. Hollingsworth

Nonfiction Chapter Book
42 pages

Young Adult & Adult

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Cindy W. Hollingsworth has spent her life dedicated to the dance arts and dance education. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a BS degree in dance. She and her husband owned and operated dance studios in both Virginia and North Carolina for over 43 years. They also founded Dance Troupe, Inc. (DTI), a large national dance seminar and competition company dedicated to the tradition of dance excellence.

Cindy  began writing in her early years. She often wrote scripts for children’s plays, pageants, or recital themes. Many of the dance-studio recital programs had introductions written by her. These were poems related to the themes of the shows. She has written poems for other dance teachers as well and writes biographies and resumes for performers and teachers on request.

Though she never seriously considered writing for publication, Cindy  often found her heart called to record--in verse or narrative--various aspects of life that touched her soul. In 2011, she wrote, sang vocals for, and produced a children’s CD for dance and listening called Songs in My Head. She wrote the accompanying dance teachers’ manual with helpful hints for classroom use of the CD and collaborated on the coloring-book page related to each of the songs.

According to the author, “My life has always been about dance and creating through movement. Now my creativity has led to other forms of the arts such as songwriting, poetry, and children’s rhymes and short stories.

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The striped tabby became an integral part of their office team. He regularly toured the streets of the town and visited other businesses to get more chin rubs and back scratches.

 The Law Trio named him Thomas (since he was a tomcat) Stuart (for the town). He officially became the town cat of Stuart. The stars had indeed aligned for this former stray.

 Thomas delighted everyone each day as he played with toys all over the office, lay atop “papers of all kinds of legal doings” as he shared the attorney’s desk, and posed for photos and videos for his very own Facebook page created by his “hoomans,” as Thomas called them.

 One day Thomas brought “Mrs. Thomas Stuart” and their three kittens with him to the law office. The kittens are being socialized and will be placed in forever homes. Thomas and Tiny will spend their adult lives in the loving arms of The Law Trio and the citizens of Stuart.

 The stars aligned perfectly for Thomas Stuart, the “happy-go-lucky, fun-loving, and forgiving town pet” of Stuart. He’ll continue to dress in garments or hats for town festivities or holidays, check in on downtown businesses, interact with everyone along his path, and serve Stuart well as their ambassador cat.

 Thomas Stuart Town Cat is a nonfiction chapter book for young adults and adults that you won’t soon forget. If you’re ready for a feel-good book, this is a really good choice. Readers will delight in the author’s poems tucked into the story, in the swirling starry reminders of how the stars aligned for Thomas and for the town, and in the book’s happy-ending, fairy-tale feel.


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