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Sally Meese

Sally Meese is a multi-media artist, community art leader and award-winning parade float designer. Every 4th of July she transforms into her alter ego, Queen Ba-Da-Bing and brings to life the story of the Cherry Queens. "The Legend of the Cherry Queens" is her first venture into the art of story-telling. She lives in Lake Leelanau, Mich. and Tucson, Ariz. 


The Legend of the Cherry Queens
A Very Cherry Fairy Tale
Children / Teens
Mission Point Press
June 2020
ISBN 9781950659616
36 pages

A fanciful and humorous read-aloud story for children and adults of all ages, this ode to American cherry farmers, is told from the point of view of cherries as they face trials and tribulations of growing from blossoms to fruit. More/less

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