Ellen S. Cromwell

Desiree Sterbini

Ellen Cromwell is the founder of Georgetown Hill Early Schools in Maryland. She believes that every child needs a special book to grow up with—a book that builds upon the memories of yesterday.


Ellen has written several children’s books, the latest being The Bus Ride. Remembering many of her experiences as a young child, she has written a timeless story that bonds generations through shared memories.

Award-winning artist, Desiree Sterbini, creates vibrant oil pastel paintings and color pencil illustrations in her Maryland studio. She is motivated by the words of a childhood teacher who had noticed her extreme shyness and love for art....

“ If it’s hard to speak—draw and paint your words.”

Desiree’s art, often inspired by the innocence of childhood and memories of past generations, is held in private and international collections.




The Bus Ride: A Timeless Story That Bonds Generations Through Shared Memories

A little boy named Freddie and a little girl named Annie begin their friendship on a school bus in New York City. They bond as they share memories. Freddie's stories about his grandmother and Annie's stories about their neighborhood create a timeless story that connects generations.







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TALASI... A Story of Tenderness and Love

This is a story about a young Hopi Indian girl named Talasi.


Her name comes from corn tassel flowers that surround her pueblo home in Arizona. Tassels are tall, slender flowers clustered at the very top of corn. Corn, in its many forms, provides basic nourishment for Hopi People.


Children, Inspirational


  • Irene S. Roth | 11/17/2015

    This is a wonderful story for children about love, loss and new beginnings. It is a book that children will be able to relate to and understand as they journey through life.

    Children get so close to their grandparents. Talasi was no exception. She spent a lot of time with her grandmother on a mesa in Arizona. She loved the peace and quiet of her home and she loved her grandmother. One day her life changed forever and she had to move to the city. Not only did she lose her grandmother who she loved with all her heart but she also had to adapt to a new school and start a life in a large city. Talasi was very resilient and she did make a new life for herself. Talasi does this by remembering the stories and songs that her grandmother shared with her. She carries her grandmother in her heart every day and that gets her through the tough times.

    The illustrations in this book are absolutely awesome and inspiring. I have never seen a children's book with quite so much detail and splendid color which brings the story to life. The art work is also very expressive.

    What a GREAT book for children! It is a picture book that will be enjoyed by children and adults of all ages for many years.


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