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New Bilingual Book Dedicated to Children of Military Members

Poignant Story Details a Little Girl's Imaginary Friendship During Her Mother's Deployment

TOBYHANNA, Pa., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- When Miriam Isabel Elliott saw the silent sacrifice her young granddaughter made while her mother -- Elliott's daughter -- was stationed in Iraq with the U.S. Marine Corps, she embarked on a mission of her own: Raise awareness for the children of men and women serving in the military. Her work is culminated in the touching, bilingual children's book "Solita and the Purple Moon: Solita y la Luna Morada" (published by AuthorHouse --

Little Solita (whose name translates to "lonely little girl" in Spanish) knows her mother left many days ago, but she does not know how many days will go by until her mother's return. To cope with her lonesomeness, the little girl lets her imagination journey beyond her bedroom window in search of hope and understanding. What she finds is a smiling moon, tinted purple to match her favorite color. As playful as Solita and tender like her mother, the purple moon becomes a clever, comforting companion, devoting precious time to the lonely child while making the period of separation fly by, sometimes literally! For instance, one night the purple moon takes Solita on a trip to show her the beauty of her country, the same country her mother must defend.

"Solita and the Purple Moon: Solita y la Luna Morada" is written in English and Spanish, and employs a simple and poetic style to describe the feelings of a child who misses her mother. The book features illustrations drawn by Elliott's husband, Carlos. Perfect for any child who endures a separation from a parent, the book is also great for children in homes where English is spoken as a second language, as well as a wonderful tool for fostering children's knowledge of other languages.

Miriam Isabel Elliott came to the United States from Cuba in 1970. She wrote her first book, "Los Hijos De Cuentan," in 1996. The book details the oppression she experienced while growing up in a communist country.

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