Written by Monica Stoltzfus, Illustrated by Alexandra MacVean
Pat is a young boy living in the big city. He begins each day with a huge smile. Pat greets his fuddy-duddy doorman with this same big smile. And nothing happens-or so Pat thinks. The reader is taken on a journey following a sequence of events, unknown to the main character, unfolding just how far that simple act of a smile went. And vise versa- what may not happen when Pat decides to stay in bed all day. THE RIPPLE is inspired by the beloved It’s a Wonderful Life, and aims to prove to one and all, just how important each person and a simple act of kindness can really be.
Born and raised in Southern Ohio, Alexandra grew up with 3 brothers, a dog, and her two best friends, Heather and Brian. Whether it’s red barns, squirrels or cozy front porches, you can find snippets from her childhood and everyday life, tucked within many of her magical illustrations.
Married to her best friend and confidant, Michael, who continually inspires her artistically as an illustrator. Sharing a love of family, tea, England and cozy winter days, they can often be found together each drawing works of whimsy, while bundled up with Alexandra’s 11-year-old Scottish terrier, Brendel.