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The Bird and the Dragonfly by MPH Authors Annette Tarpley and Rhett Cripps is Now Available on Amazon

From the imagination of Annette Tarpley and Rhett Cripps comes a truly beautiful story that is sure to capture the hearts and minds of children everywhere. ‘The Bird and the Dragonfly’ is a timeless tale of how friendship grows between an unlikely pair, delightfully engaging a true classic, captured beautifully by Alfonso Baleda, an award-winning artist whose illustrations bring to life the words of the poet. 

The Bird and the Dragonfly will be much loved by children worldwide, an exhilarating tale – the stuff that dreams are made of! 

Annette Tarpley hails from the United States, is a poet and writer globally renowned author of poetry books Poetry Potpourri and Two Hearts – a journey into heartfelt poetry, co-authored with poet Sarfraz Ahmed. She is the founder of one of the largest global Facebook poetry groups ‘The Passion of Poetry’. Her poetry has featured in many global anthologies, and has won many awards for her work. The Bird and the Dragonfly is her debut children’s book.

Sarfraz Ahmed/Poet UK

About the Author

Annette (Wengert) Tarpley was born in Marshalltown, Iowa.  She grew up mostly in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where she attended most of her school years. There were two career paths she contemplated, Writing/Journalism, or Nursing.  She chose the later and has been a nurse for 40 years. She worked as an ER nurse for over 20 years, as a forensic nurse examiner for 15 years, caring for victims of crime and violence.

In 2003, she returned to school while working and caring for her family.  She had relocated to Virginia in 1993 and completed her BSN, and her MSN at Radford University.  In 2010 she started her career as a Nurse Practitioner and has worked in a variety of settings.  Board Certified in family practice, she has also worked in psychiatry and geriatrics.  She continues to practice as a nurse practitioner. 

In 2020, after much urging to have her poetry published, she published her first book, “Poetry Potpourri.” Also, in May of 2020, she started her own Facebook poetry site, “The Passion of Poetry,” which now has 23,000 members worldwide. She is very active in the poetry community and has hosted many open mic events for her group. Coming soon is a stand-alone website called, “Pop-Star Poetry,” where she, along with other POP administrators, will publish poets. Annette is an internationally renowned poet, and has won numerous awards and accolades. Her second book was published and co-authored with renowned poet Sarfraz Ahmed, “Two Hearts,” and reached #1 status on an Amazon best-selling list. Annette has many videos on YouTube, some of which she has recited for herself and others.  Some of the videos were published by The Sparrow, and some were narrated, and compiled by Alan Johnson of The Poets Lounge, a renowned narrator and musician who also composes, plays and compiles videos. Annette also has been interviewed many times and participates in live poetry events internationally.  In December of 2021, Annette began to write short stories, all four have been published in books.  She has been published in numerous anthologies and online publications and has been featured in literary magazines.  She has started on her lifelong dream, writing a novel based on bullying from a poem she wrote, “The Ballad of Ned.” Annette enjoys thriving in a community where she can grow, but also rejoices in the accomplishments of others, and also promotes their talents in the literary world.

Authors: Annette Tarpley and her 8-year-old grandson Rhett Cripps from the USA
Foreword by Dennis Brown (Author of “Reflections of Light”) from the USA
Blurb by Sarfraz Ahmed (Author of “Eighty Four Pins’, “Stab the Pomegranate”) from the UK
Illustrations by Dubai Based Filipino Artist Alfonso Baleda and his son Juan Paolo Eugenio P. Baleda from the Phillippines
Layout Artist: Eureka Robey of MPH

Beautiful Pages Inside the Book

Links to Purchase

United Kingdom

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Reviews on Amazon



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