2015 Gold Medal Winner – Nautilus Book Awards Children’s Illustrated Book Division

Gift of Wonder- cover
The Gift of Wonder will delight children with its beautiful illustrations and heart-warming message. This book will give children, librarians, teachers, parents and children opportunities to talk about the special place animals have in our world and in our lives.
Buddy, a young donkey, is chosen by wise Raven to be in the Animal Messenger Parade. This is quite an honor. There are many beautiful animals in the parade. Buddy knows only one animal can be selected to carry the message Raven gives him. After much anticipation Buddy is chosen. Raven leads Buddy away from the other animals to give him a special message for a human. Buddy has many questions and doubts, and wonders how he will ever be able to find a way to do this. Buddy is successful in conveying the message to his human, a young girl, who learns an important lesson about the many gifts animals have to offer.
                                                    Ages 5-12   32 Pages   Fully Illustrated
                                                     ISBN-13: 978-0983207412 Paperback
                                                     ISBN-13: 978-0983207429 Hardback

2012 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards Finalist- Children’s Picture Book Division

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A very young burro- Buddy- is selected for his first pack trip. When Buddy sees that an old and clumsy pack frame is to be strapped on his back, his heart sinks. He is embarrassed. Buddy’s mother gives him advice as he leaves, but he hangs his head as he walks by. The views and scenery on the trip down are wondrous. Buddy marvels at the petroglyphs on the canyon walls, but he continues to feel his job is not an honorable or prestigious one. Buddy forgets his shame when he hears a commotion in front of him and he learns his friend has injured his leg. The wrangler makes his way to Buddy and removes the pack and bundles from his back. Buddy is worried about his friend, but bandages and medicine are found inside the packages he carries, and his friend’s leg is mended.


Nautilus Book Award Finalist
Southwest Books of the Year Top Pick of the Year 2003

Healing wisdom and quiet appreciation of the natural world are the hallmarks of this fine book written by Lisa Bear Goldman, who grew up in New Mexico and Arizona.
—Barbara Harrelson, Writer/Reviewer
As a Child and Family Therapist, I highly recommend Lisa Goldman’s book, Amadito and Spider Woman, for all children.
—Jamie Lakin, LCSW, BCD, RPT-S
 Kiva Publishing, Inc.
© 2003 by Lisa Bear Goldman
Illustrations © 2003 by Amado M. Peña, Jr.
Ages 5-12 32 pages Fully Illustrated
ISBN 1-885772-30-0