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Lakeside author’s talent shines in new children’s storybook

“Julio Hummingbird was tiny, about the size of a chocolate bar, but he didn’t mind being small until one evening when he visited his favorite bird feeder in the garden of Señora Sanchez. There sitting right on top of it was Oscar Oriole, big, bad, beautiful and bold.”

With those two simple opening lines, local author Harriet Hart hooks readers into “Julio Hummingbird,” an enchanting bilingual children’s storybook with the dual Spanish title “Julio Colibri” that teaches every bit as much as it entertains.

Hart is a retired Canadian social worker who has gotten seriously into writing since settling in Ajijic with her husband Paul in 2001. Her byline has appeared regularly on non-fiction articles for the Lake Chapala Review, El Ojo del Lago and the webzine Mexico Insights. She coordinated the publication of “Agave Marias,” a women’s anthology by 10 Lake Chapala authors and wrote a self published a memoir for family and friends titled “Crow’s Feet.” Some of her personal essays have made print in U.S. and Canadian journals. However, children’s literature has become her genre of choice.

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