Isabella Propeller and the Magic Beanie is based on the legend of The Blowing Rock and tells the adventures of Isabella and her hawk companion, Red Tail. Empowered by the winds of the blowing rock, Isabella embarks on her first flying adventure to help others in need! Approved by the Children’s Literacy Classics and honored by the North Carolina Society of Historians
Jonathan Graves is a retired attorney and native North Carolinian who lives with his wife, Lucy, in Blowing Rock, North Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia. A first time children's book author, Mr. Graves enjoyed creating and telling stories to his children when they were young, and now enjoys doing the same with his five grandchildren. The "story bench," located in the garden of his Blowing Rock home, has become a special place for his grandchildren to create stories of their own, including new and exciting adventures for Isabella and Red Tail as they fly over the North Carolina High Country. The vivid imaginations of his grandchildren, and the charm and winds of Blowing Rock, were the inspiration for the characters and story of "Isabella Propeller."
Isabella's Illustrator, Gail E. Haley, has won the annual awards for children's book illustration from both the American and British librarians, for two different picture books.[a] She won the 1971 Caldecott Medal for A Story a Story (Atheneum Books, 1970), which she retold from an African folktale, and the 1976 Kate Greenaway Medal for The Post Office Cat, her own historical fiction about a London post office.
The illustrations in Isabella Propeller series are vivid and engaging, and this book is certainly destined to follow suite.