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The Message of Ella Ella
Through the eyes of Ella Ella Francinella and her family, Barbara Campbell will speak to children and their parents about life lessons important to all of us. Ella Ella Francinella is part of a close-knit family from Long Island, New York that enjoys many special times together, most importantly, Sunday Dinner! Ella and her family find themselves in certain circumstances where the need for a little guidance, or Spirit, would make all the difference. Although not overtly religious, Ella Ella Francinella always brings the story to a conclusion involving a faith-guided action.
Ella helps children learn important lessons and problem solving strategies with a faith-based twist, based on Barbara’s many years of psychological counseling. Barbara uses multiple media channels such as a diary blog with weekly inspirations called “Ellagrams”. These are written for children in an engaging and developmentally appropriate manner and are both timely and relevant to the reader. The Ellagrams become a digital pulpit spreading the message of the Spirit to the children.
Author Barbara Campbell
Barbara Campbell, MA CSD, has the capacity and qualifications to tackle many issues as she is a family counselor who is also certified as a spiritual director. Barbara combines these two areas in her work as a family therapist, pastoral counselor and a facilitator for women’s groups. Barbara is a counselor at Living Waters, and was former director of family life at St.Gertrude’s as well as a scriptural teacher. Her ministry of teaching scripture continues as she incorporates understanding the blocks to healing in a person by using scripture as the basis. Arguable, Barbara’s most impressive qualification is as wife, mother and grandmother to the one-of-a-kind Campbell clan. This combination gives Barbara a unique and well-rounded perspective on every day issues and feelings that can affect children and she can offer helpful and effective strategies to overcome adversity. With subtlety and allegory, Barbara can reach children and their caregivers and share important messages of the Spirit.
Illustrator David-Peter Campbell
Ella Ella’s real life dad, David-Peter, is a talented and innovative artist. HIs hand drawn illustrations, done in colored pencil, beautifully convey the childlike spirit of Barbara’s writings. David-Peter’s day job as an outstanding and highly regarded nurses aide brings a sense of compassion and helpfulness to the characters. His work with Veterans enables DP to understand struggles and fears of others and allows him to create from a place of understanding, love and spirit. DP’s enthusiasm for all things Star Wars helps him to create unique and interesting characters layered with personality. In his spare time, David-Peter spends his time following in his dad’s footsteps, creating wonderful memories with his children and family.