Traveling Tessa

Children - Adventure
70 Pages
Reviewed on 06/09/2020
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Author Biography

Hi! If you are reading this then there is a good chance you have stumbled upon Traveling Tessa, a book series I am beyond excited to share with you. As a Connecticut, USA native, traveling has been one of the most important and rewarding aspects of my life. My parents instilled a love of traveling in me at a young age, and the resulting exposure to different people, cultures and languages has shaped my understanding and acceptance of others, and given me a perspective on life I would have never otherwise dreamed possible. It is this understanding, acceptance and perspective of the world that I wish to introduce to children. We live in a world now where everything is at our fingertips. We can type in an idea, place, item and it is right in front of us to experience virtually. But we cannot forget to actually get out there and live, to experience the world first-hand. It is my wish is that Traveling Tessa will ignite a desire to travel and experience the world at a young age, and thus open up a lifetime of unparalleled adventure and possibility.

When I am not writing, I am a piano teacher and singer/songwriter. Music is the universal language, and it feels awesome to be up on stage!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Traveling Tessa is an adventure fantasy novel for children and preteens written and illustrated by Carrie Crawford Martinelli. Tessa was so excited that autumn had finally arrived. She had been counting the days, almost wishing that they would fly by more quickly. Tessa and her uncle had always enjoyed a special friendship and understanding, and she had missed him while he was gone. When he arrived, he opened his bag and pulled out a wrapped bundle. Tessa excitedly tore open the wrapping paper and found a brown, furry bear, his beady black eyes seeming to communicate directly with her. Tessa announced, “His name is Mr. Bear.” Her uncle told her that as long as she believed, Mr. Bear, who was a magical bear, would take her wherever she wanted to go. When it was time to go to bed, Mr. Bear was snuggled in under the covers with Tessa. That night, the two new friends would go on their very first adventure.

Carrie Crawford Martinelli’s Traveling Tessa is an enchanting story about Tessa and Mr. Bear’s first trip to Iceland, where Tessa meets a new friend, learns not to fear heights anymore and experiences an ancient and marvelous culture. Along the way, Tessa also learns a lot about herself. This story will appeal to kids of all ages, including those who are still young at heart. Visiting Iceland along with Tessa and Mr. Bear is a grand adventure indeed for anyone lucky enough to read or hear this story read to them. Traveling Tessa is an inspired selection for a bedtime story, one that kids will want to hear again and again. It’s also suitable for slightly advanced young readers to try on their own. Martinelli’s illustrations are as magical as the story itself and add dimension to the tale. I had a marvelous time reading this book and found myself smiling as I read. Where will Tessa and Mr. Bear travel to next, I wonder? Traveling Tessa is most highly recommended.


The reviewer said it will Enchant you and this is true

It is the hundred acre wood of the 21st-century


I loved this book. A magical journey. Beautifully written and illustrated. A treasure for kids of all ages ❤️