Author encourages children to tell their stories as she shares her own

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WESTMORELAND — Children at Westmoreland Primary Elementary School were treated to another fun visit by an author on Feb. 15.

Tamara Cantarano read her book, “Mac ‘N Market – The Farmers Market!,” to kindergarten, first and second grade students in the school library. She was accompanied by her husband, Joe, who plays the guitar.

The book is the sixth title in Cantarano’s The Adventures of Mac the Dog series, in which Mac the Dog goes on many unique explorations. In “Mac ‘N Market – The Farmers Market!,” Mac and his friends take a trip to a local farm to see animals and growing vegetables. The story encourages its young readers to support fresh, local produce and to try different vegetables.

According to her biography, Cantarano, of upstate New York, has been creating silly stories and characters for years with her three boys. She said reading to the very young has amazing power to improve brain development.

Her passion to spread this truth is the force behind The Adventures of Mac the Dog series and her visits to schools, libraries and learning centers with her husband.

All of Cantarano’s books allow children to take a “picture walk” to imagine an activity they may not have experienced yet themselves, or recall a fond memory. Mac was inspired by Cantarano’s youngest son’s stuffed animal, and she encourages children to draw inspiration from the every-day things in their life and to create their own stories.

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