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A book cover with a tortoise coming out of the cover, exclaiming, "Don't Call Me Turtle."
Tortoises and turtles may look alike, but they are VERY different! This fun illustrated book teaches the differences between these two creatures, and explains a bit about the habits and preferences of the tortoise. “A lesson sure to fascinate junior naturalists and animal lovers.” AZ Daily Star

By Helen Woodhams of Don’t Call Me Turtle! in the Arizona Daily Star:
“To the casual observer, turtles and tortoises appear to share so many similarities that we often use the names “turtle” and “tortoise” interchangeably. But the fact is that they couldn’t be more different, says Elaine Powers, whose charming picture book employs clever rhymes and colorful illustrations to demonstrate why the two should never be confused. To begin with, while some turtles were built to paddle around in the water, she says, tortoises were not – throw a tortoise in the water, and he’ll drown. And that’s just the beginning of her lesson about these special — and very distinctive — reptiles, a lesson sure to fascinate junior naturalists and animal lovers.”

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My Inspiration for the Hayley Cat Series by Rhonda Banuelos, Author

A children's book cover with the protagonist cat and a dolphin
A delightful children’s story of a friendship between a cat named Hayley and a sociable dolphin. They live on the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawaii, where they share one of the greatest treasures of life, friendship, and live the Aloha spirit.

The inspiration for writing and creating the Hayley Cat Book series for children came back to me one day as I thought of my time living on Oahu, Hawaii. My husband and I wanted to fill our home with more love, and that included adding pets to our life. We anxiously searched for that special cat at the local Humane Society. It was Hayley who stood out from the rest. We could tell he had a curious nature in him. Our hunch was right because he gave us so many things to laugh about every day.

I really wanted to give something back, something in writing.  I hoped to promote the importance of friendship, literacy, interest in animals and the islands of Hawaii, in addition to the bonding that happens between parent and child when reading together. Life is always better with a bedtime adventure to create fond and lasting memories.

My quest was set into motion and Book One of The Adventures of Hayley Cat was published. I used Oahu, Hawaii as the backdrop because that is where Hayley was born and adopted by us. The first friend that Hayley encounters in Book One is Emerine, a playful dolphin. I have a great fondness for dolphins and the ocean. One of my favorite memories is swimming with Spinner Dolphins off the coast of the Big Island, Hawaii. It was a magical feeling. My love of animals and island life inspired me to create an endearing story of the Aloha Spirit and friendship.

I hope to touch hearts with the Hayley Cat Adventure books. Thank you for visiting Lyric Power Publishing and reading here about our books.