Sarasota author teaches lesson on social issues, personal values in new juvenile fiction

SARASOTA, Fla. — This week marks the nationwide release of “Am I a Frog or a Dog?,” a lesson-filled new children’s book by author Joan Fielding.

Am I a Frog or a Dog?” is delightful story about a cute little frog. The message that this story will leave with your child is that no matter how you look on the outside, whether you think you are too short or too tall, too fat or too skinny, too loud or too shy, or anything else you think is wrong with you — it doesn’t matter.

There is only one person in the whole wide world who is you — and that makes you very special! Join this adorable little frog in discovering how special he really is within the pages of “Am I a Frog or a Dog?.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

Fielding, who grew up in Dubuque, Iowa, is a contributing artist and writer for books and magazines. She attributes her love of writing children’s stories to her mother, Florence Helmer, who delighted in making up wonderful stories to tell her grandchildren. For Fielding, her children’s love for animals has also given her a treasure trove from which to create a number of stories to delight her readers. She is also a commissioned Kentucky colonel, who was awarded the Volunteer of the Year 2007-2008 by Sarasota South Elks #2495. The author currently lives in Sarasota, Florida.

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