About the Author A country girl at heart, with fond memories of the dark desert sky, purple mountains and freshly cut alfalfa fields in her hometown of Blythe, California, budding author Elsa Takaoka puts her pen to paper and creates a fun and heart-warming story. Spinning words with natural creativity, Elsa discovered her love of language at a very early age. She then pursued a career in Speech Language Pathology and English as a Second Language until the birth of her first daughter. Reading to her own little girls sparked her whimsical journey through children's literature and dropped one more goal into her bucket list. Her dream to write and publish a picture book was achieved with Goo and Spot and The Do Not Wiggle Riddle, her first of many books to come. Currently, Elsa lives in Fukuoka, Japan with her sources of inspiration- her loving husband and their two adorable little girls.
I suppose I have always had a way with words. It comes natural, un-edited, uncensored and sometimes uninvited! I have also always had a 'bucket list" well mine is just sort of a "tea-cup" sized list.
I share with you my sunny little list:
1. Do stand up comedy
2. Fly a plane
3. Publish a children's book
4. Be in a talent show and win first prize (first I have to get a talent)
5. Find a talent that I can SHOW (dance, sing, play an instrument...)
6. Live in a foreign Spanish-speaking country with my Husband and my girls
7. Live on a little farm, next to my parents
Well since I'm not going to fly a plane anytime soon, I thought I would start by publishing a BOOK!
( Disclaimer *I am also highly spontaneous, and incredibly optimistic....)
I am Elsa Takaoka - debut Author.
A Moat is Not a Goat: Poems for Clever Little Girls
by Elsa Takaoka
This is a collection on 13 beautifully illustrated poems about sweet and charming everyday experiences, especially written for little girls. This book will teach, inspire and empower little precocious lassies, opening their hearts and minds to the delightful world of imagination.
Designed to teach the importance of active listening. This amusing riddle about Goo and Spot's amazing and colorful adventures will definitely hit a child's funny bone, with a valuable lesson learned along the way. A great resource for preschool educators, librarians and parents of wiggly little children. Best suited for ages 5 and under.
This much awaited second-story about Spot and Goo features a new friend – the sneaky snake! The days of the week, different zoo animals, as well as a sneaky zoo escape-plan. Written in a clever, exciting and definitely funny way, with wonderful illustrations full of color and life. This amusing story, cunningly combined with academic...
Goo and Spot Under the Orange Tree (Goo and Spot Books Book 3)
by Elsa Takaoka
It’s a tricky little problem for Spot and Goo. How can they share one treat with a bunch of hungry new friends? But learning can be fun (and delicious) in this funny story with an enjoyable and colorful lesson about sharing and fractions. It’s a sweet tale, full of delightful rhymes and vibrant illustrations. Definitely a great...
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