Introducing Oliver the Praying Mantis, he knows American Sign Language

The book will not be released until next year….sorry for the inconvenience but it will be worth the wait.

The newest book in the works at Flowergardengirl is Oliver, The Praying Mantis. Oliver came to live with Flowergardengirl in a fresh flower arrangement. He went undiscovered for more than a week while hiding amongst the monochromatic greens. Anna purchases fresh bouquets from her local grocery store on occasion and they sit on her kitchen table. She’s never seen a living creature suddenly appear.

Being that she is Flowergardengirl, she was delighted to discover that Oliver was actually praying he would find a way to visit her gardens. Anna did not know she could talk mantis language until Oliver started using American Sign Language. Wait till you see his adventure from the flower farm where he was born to his home in the gardens of Flowergardengirl.

Oliver, The Praying Mantis is co-authored by Michael Looper. Michael Looper is Anna’s son and chose ASL as his second language to achieve his degree in Media Studies with a focus on writing from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Michael is a talented writer, award winning actor, and very animated at ASL.

The book is about a little praying mantis who journeyed from a small flower farm, to the grocery store in a bouquet, and then to the gardens of its dreams. The family who tended his birth garden were deaf farmers. Oliver learned to sign by observing their communications.

God cares for every creature both big and small from beast to man. He cares that a praying mantis would pray for a garden so grand. God is full of purpose and set a mantis in the gardens where Oliver could be heard, be seen, and be appreciated. Flowergardengirl gardens organically and Oliver will work his days as an important part of balance in nature.

This book will be out in time for your Christmas gift list. It will be a favorite book that bring together gardeners, grandmothers who wish to delight little ears, people who find a handicap in their life and wish to be heard and seen, mom’s and dad’s who yearn to communicate kindness and love in their children.

The pages are full of high quality digital images showing Oliver in his bouquet and perhaps–most likely–showing his home in the garden. The pages show American Sign Language in its action and beauty.

Please put Oliver, The Praying Mantis on your Christmas wish list. Watch the Flowergardengirl blog—right here—and we’ll announce the minute it hits the market. 

10 comments on “Introducing Oliver the Praying Mantis, he knows American Sign Language

  1. when will this book be out, my daughter are doing a garden club reading and she will be signing for me. This would be perfect!!! the Kids program will be Oct 22. Let me know !!! I will be watching for your reply…

  2. my son lost his hearing completely at age 5 after menengialencephalitis…he is now 46 and has worked for coca cola for 15 yrs….he recently graduated summa cum laude from grand canyon university….and is in the masters program at univ of denver….his lady friend is also deaf and workes for colorado university/boulder….i will absolutely be on the watch for this delightful book…..for me and for them……thank you so very much for writing such a marvelous book….can’t wait until it is published….kudos to you anna, and your son, michael !!

    • That made my heart sing livinginthemilkyway. I hope it will be book that brings your family some smiles both inside and out. Amazing what your son has accomplished and his friend too. I can’t imagine what they had to overcome and strive to do to find this kind of success. Very cool he works for Coca Cola.

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