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July 22, 2014

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Originally published: 2014-07-14 13:54:49
Last modified: 2014-07-14 13:55:31

'Isabella Propeller' wins Mom's Choice Award

Staff Reports

A children’s book set in Blowing Rock recently made national news when it captured one of the premiere awards in literature for young readers.

Mom’s Choice Awards is pleased to announce that the children's picture book, “Isabella Propeller and the Magic Beanie,” written by Jonathan Graves and illustrated by Gail Haley, has received a Gold Award in the category of Children’s Picture Books: Adventure, Adventurers and Heroes. The Mom’s Choice Awards, trusted around the world by parents, educators, retailers and the media, named Isabella Propeller and the Magic Beanie, “one of the best in family-friendly media, products and services”.

“Isabella Propeller and the Magic Beanie” has received multiple awards in the two years it has been available including The Children’s Literary Classics Award, The Cox Historical Fiction Award, and a raving review by The Midwest Book Review.

 “Isabella Propeller and the Magic Beanie” is the story of a young girl who happens upon a beanie while playing in her grandmother's attic. Through a series of events, she encounters a woman who, legend has it, lives in a cave nearby and possesses the gift of flight. Upon meeting the "wind keeper" Isabella receives the gift of a red feather, along with the knowledge that she too possesses the gift of flying.
Children are sure to be enchanted by this picture book, which will most certainly light a fervent spark of imagination. Illustrations by Gail Haley, past recipient of The Caldecott Award, are a wonderful addition to this delectable literary treat.


About Jonathan Graves


An Atlanta resident and co-founder of McKenna, Long, and Aldridge LLP, John Aldridge published “Isabella Propeller and the Magic Beanie” under the pen name Jonathan Graves.  

The book was inspired by his grandchildren and the town of Blowing Rock with its unusual wind patterns and Indian legends. Telling stories started with his own children when they were young and is now a tradition that continues with his grandchildren on the “story bench” in the garden of his Blowing Rock home.   

“Isabella Propeller and the Magic Beanie,” is available for purchase at,, and Barnes and as well as in many retail stores nationwide.

Isabella’s Beanie is also available on the website and at

For more information and stories, see The Blowing Rocket.

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