July 19, 2017
Today we're talking to a children's author!
Meredith Mast is the co-author of ‘Willow Rose Learns Honesty’...
Meredith Mast has been performing, studying, and teaching classical ballet for over 40 years.
At the age of 17, Meredith was accepted into the Houston Ballet where she danced professionally for five years.
Upon retiring from the Houston Ballet, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.
After graduating, Meredith pursued a career in human resources and also began teaching classical ballet.
After moving to Madison with her husband in 1999, and wanting to work specifically with children, she designed a ballet program for ages 3-9 called Storybook Ballet.
The program incorporates classical ballet instruction with costumes, props, music, drama, and children’s stories.
After teaching children for 17 years, and also having four children of her own, Meredith decided to write her own children’s stories to incorporate into her ballet school.
With the help of her mother, Marvia Korol, they began writing a series of children’s books that were creative, concise, and colorful…each focusing on a particular virtue.
Their first book, Chloe Learns Patience, is about a caterpillar that must learn and practice the virtue of patience while waiting to blossom into a butterfly.
Their next three books highlight the virtues of honesty, responsibility, and kindness.
Three of their four books have been successfully “brought to life” with dancing, costumes, and music at her ballet school- with much delight to her students!!
Meredith’s passion is teaching and working with children.
She and her mother hope that their books will find their way into homes, schools, preschools, community centers, and other dance schools.
Meredith resides in beautiful North Freedom, Wisconsin, with her husband and four boys.
Here's a brief synopsis of her latest book:
Willow Rose is lonely in her new garden. The flowers and the insects don’t want to be friends with her, fearful of her thorns. Then one day she tells a lie to a grasshopper. When she realizes that not being honest hurts, Willow Rose must learn to tell the truth no matter what. In practicing the virtue of Honesty, Willow Rose makes a friend and this, in turn, brings happiness. 'Willow Rose Learns Honesty' is part of SOOPLLC series entitled Storybook Virtues.