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Author Kara Van Kirk Levin present ‘Soldier’

Please join author Kara Van Kirk Levin and guest musician on August 15th from 2 to 3 pm at the South Philadelphia Library for Little Wooden Flute’s story-time and musical performance of Soldier, Van Kirk Levin’s debut children’s book! soldier 2


About Little Wooden Flute

Little Wooden Flute was created in 2016 as a publishing house designed to launch pro-social children’s literature that tackles the classic themes of child development through the introduction of loveable characters. Of the many develop- mental themes that affect children as they grow, Soldier most notably addresses (1) the experience of feeling different or left out; (2) the meaning and importance of empathy; (3) the development of generosity; and (4) the value of friend- ship and cooperation.

About Soldier

Soldier is the story of a little porcupine born with quills that do not lie flat and prevent him from ever receiving a hug. As he longs for closeness, his father notices his unhappiness and whittles him a wooden flute, which he plays every night from the tallest tree in the forest. The sadness in the music communicates something to a field mouse, who feels compelled to find him. When she discovers his condition, she enlists the help of her friends and sets about preparing something special for Soldier designed to bring him his longed-for hug.

About the Event
The event will include a 30-minute interactive book reading and musical performance of several original songs created just for Soldier. This will be followed by a book signing, Q&A session, and kids temporary “tattoo party” to include an original Soldier tattoo.

Event is free for public, first come first served. For further information contact

Author Bio
Dr. Van Kirk Levin is a children’s book author and clinical psychologist. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and twin sons. Kara has worked therapeutically with children for many years and draws upon her knowledge of developmental theory in the construction of her children’s stories. When she is not in New York, you can find her nestled in her West Stockbridge, MA home, where she likes nothing more than to enjoy a warm cup of coffee and the company of friends and family.

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