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Rakestraw Books presents Mitali Perkins & "The Story of Us" at SRVCA

Mitali Perkins, The Story of Us

Award-winning author Mitali Perkins is visiting the San Ramon Valley Christian Academy on Wednesday, 21 September to introduce her newest picture book The Story of Us! Mitali has written many terrific books for kids of all ages. 

With poetic text and luminous illustrations, this stunning picture book invites readers to experience the biblical redemption story in a whole new way.

Here's a review of The Story of Us:

Kirkus Reviews (06/15/2022):
The biblical story, from Creation through the Resurrection and beyond, summarized. Focusing on the four elements, aka Them, Perkins begins with Creation: "One day, Creator came-- / to sort the mess, / using Them to make Us. / Air. / Water. / Earth. / Fire." Several spreads of the first man and woman enjoying the Garden of Eden and its flora and fauna follow. But then, "We said, 'No, Creator, ' " after which They also rose up against the couple: "Tornado. / Flood. / Earthquake. / Inferno." Thus begins a war between nature and humans...until Redeemer comes, "using Them to serve Us." The next spreads show Jesus' ministry, using dirt to heal a blind man, water to wash feet, air to draw a last breath on the cross, and fire to cook fish for his friends after his resurrection. A final page, requiring a 90-degree turn of the book, shows an idyllic scene of people of various races and ages enjoying a park.

We are offering SIGNED BOOKS and FREE SCHOOL DELIVERY! To qualify for free delivery to your school, the order must be placed by 9AM on on Wednesday, 21 September. Select School Event Delivery during checkout and in the Comment Box note the name of the student and teacher. You can select in-store pickup or purchase in-store anytime if you prefer.

Order your SIGNED copies below.

While Easter may seem far away, this is a great opportunity to get a signed copy of Mitali's lovely picture book about Holy Week too.  Bare Tree and Little Wind is broadly inspired by scripture, and tells the biblical story of Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday from the perspective of fictional characters Bare Tree and Little Wind.

If you purchase both of Mitali's picture books through the links here, we'll give you a $1.00 discount!  We'll adjust the price when the order comes through.

Thanks for supporting fabulous local authors like Mitali and Rakestraw Books!


[Top photo from left to right: Mitali Perkins photographed by Bethany Carnes, The Story of Us final cover art]

Event date: 

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Event address: 

220 W El Pintado Rd
Danville, CA 94526
The Story of Us By Mitali Perkins, Kevin Howdeshell (Illustrator), Kristen Howdeshell (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mitali Perkins, Kevin Howdeshell (Illustrator), Kristen Howdeshell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781506482842
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Beaming Books - September 20th, 2022