Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Children's Book Features Familiar Friends ; Sales Help Families Pay Medical Expenses

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Children's Book Features Familiar Friends ; Sales Help Families Pay Medical Expenses

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To help raise funds for its medical grant program, the UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation has published a new children's book, "Oliver & Hope's Adventure Under the Stars" -- the second book in the Oliver and Hope series.

The 32-page, hand-illustrated book continues the story of Oliver, a lovable bear, and Hope, a spirited butterfly, as they join their friends Miller, the barn owl, and Chewie, the English bulldog, for their first camping trip. The night is filled with discoveries and silly games that make the shadows a little less scary and the adventure more fun.

The first book in the series was "Oliver & Hope's Amusing Adventure." Both of the books were written and illustrated by Meg Cadts and Samantha Fitch and are available at Amazon.com. Proceeds will go to the grant program to help families pay for children's medical expenses not covered or partly covered by commercial insurance.

A Christmas story

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Sandra Dallas' "The Persian Pickle Club," a New York Times best-selling historical novel about a group of women in 1930s Kansas who form a quilting group and share their sewing skills, as well as the town gossip and friendship.

In her latest book, "A Quilt for Christmas," Dallas creates a story about a Civil War-era quilting group whose members are the grandmothers of the Persian Pickle Club members. The story, set in 1864, revolves around Eliza Spooner, whose husband has joined the Kansas volunteer army to fight the Confederates. She spends the months he is gone making a quilt for him and finds solace with her quilting groups when the unthinkable happens. She later faces choices that force her to decide what is right or wrong and who she can count on for help.

"A Quilt for Christmas," which will be released Oct. …

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