China Baby Doll

Author Mary Anne Miceli explores the issue of China's One-Child and Son-Preference Policy in this endearing tale about a rural family's grief to send away a blessing given to them from heaven.

Two Chinese fathers arrange their children's wedding and long for a male grandchild to carry on the family farm. Instead, they welcome a beautiful China Baby Doll with porcelain skin and silky, luxurious hair.

The government mandate would not allow them to enjoy this lovely blessing so the two grandfathers put their new-born granddaughter into a wheelbarrow surrounded with fragrant flowers and abandon her in the center of town on market day. They know that government officials will take her to a local orphanage and hope an American family will adopt their China Baby Doll and provide a loving lifestyle for her.

China Baby Doll is a poignant tale based on a dilemma of how to protect their own precious child as well as to protect their family's livelihood.

Parents and teachers can read this touching, illustrated tale to make all - children and adults alike - aware of familial love, human rights, and adoption needs.


Confessor’s Animal Wartime Blues

How much does a master miss his pets when he’s away?

How much does a cat love to eat dog food?

How much patience does a dog have towards a cat?

The soldier’s dog and cat are more than mere pets. They are an unlikely matched pair who keep the soldier company during his lonely days, glistening to his firm pats. They are cartoon caricatures of the average man and woman, ever squabbling about mundane things. The confessor listens to their problems, hears their confessions, and gives them absolution - providing a resolution to their problems.

Witness these confessions and resolve them all while enjoying the amusing play of colorful and rhyming words blended with entertaining illustrations in Confessor’s Animal Wartime Blues.

Frolic, purr, and chase the blues away!

Confessor’s Animal Wartime Blues is an amusing easy-to-read children’s book that gives joy to anyone who reads it. Comprising four entertaining poems – one poem made by each character – this delightful treat will share a cheerful relationship of love and friendship.

With the perfect blend of rhyme and beautifully laid out illustrations, Confessor’s Animal Wartime Blues will surely paint a smile upon your face and bring its warm message to life.


Boston North Shore’s Rhyming Fish Tales

Mary Anne Miceli’s latest book, Boston North Shore’s Rhyming Fish Tales, features rhythm, rhyme and colorful illustrations. Boston North Shore’s Rhyming Fish Tales is a collection of three rhyming poetic tales.


In “Essex Fish Auction,” she tells of an auctioneer’s call for pounds of pennies and pennies of pounds. “A pound a penny… A penny a pound… An accumulating amount of pennies Multiplies into an extraordinary number of pounds Creating an ever lasting supply of pennies all around.”

In “Gloucester’s Fish Stew: Three Thousand and Three Stirs,” she narrates how a one-hundred-three-year-old woman spends her day stirring her old cauldron to churn a tasteful stew. “Her soup was superb as she stirred and stirred And counted each stir with dismay, For three thousand and three… was the number that she Counted for her stirrings each day.”

And lastly, in “The Ipswich Lobster’s Lament,” she spins the hopes of a lobster that wants to grow and grow and never molt even if he is caught by a fishing boat. “If only, if only… I’d stop molting! I could travel as if rejoicing And save a watery species from harm By maintaining an underwater Ipswich sea farm.”

For all those who enjoy a good rhyme, a pleasant read, and delightful stories, Boston North Shore’s Rhyming Fish Tales will definitely be a sure treat.


Boston North Shore’s… Tales of Webs

Another delightful read awaits fans of author Mary Anne Miceli’s interesting and intriguing rhymes and tales.  With vividly illustrated images by artist Roger Terry, everyone will truly find Boston North Shore’s… Tales of Webs an engaging read.

In these two rhythmic tales, Mary Anne Miceli shares what a “Web” is, using lyrical rhymes to describe various meanings of a web.  Answering the question, “What is a Web?,” the verses provide a myriad of illustrated answers from a spider’s house to duck’s toes and more. 

In the second tale, “Boston North Shore’s… Town Webs,” the author continues using web rhymes and verses but focuses on Boston’s North Shore towns.  Mary Anne Miceli features special places of Boston’s North Shore area, including a spider’s web in an Ipswich First Period House, Newburyport’s railroad link to Boston, and so many more.

Boston North Shore’s… Tales of Webs provides both children and adults a charming read about the different “webs” found all around them.


Boston North Shore's TeenY…Tiny…TICKssss…

They are but two TeenY…Tiny…TICKssss…

But they bring BIG BIG TROUBLE…

After two teeny tiny ticks climb onto the top of the filled up tub, the treacherous ticks latch onto the children’s soap. Unaware of the ticks, the young twin brothers take a bath and mayhem ensues as the ticks’ claws grip into each twin.

What will their mother do to remove the ticks and how will they rid the house of these bothersome critters?

Told in rhyming rhythm and complemented by brightly colored illustrations, “Boston North Shore’s Teeny, Tiny, Ticks” is a delightful read for all to enjoy.