Mary Russo, PhD, is an author and psychologist who helps individuals enrich their sense of self through personal development. Believing that within each of us exists a yearning inner child, she wrote, Polka Dot Sue to encourage children of all ages to see themselves as strong and to have the courage to express their uniqueness. Her first published book, The Adventures of Wizahickon, conveys many of the same concepts of self-awareness in fairy tale form. Mary lives in California with her husband and has two grown children and a grandchild to whom she often reads.
"This is a delightful book with a fantastic message for all young children. Polka Dot Sue has so much confidence, is completely self-assured, and never afraid to express herself in her clothing style and choices. What a great role model for girls AND boys who are developing their identities. Polka Dot Sue is what we should wish for all of our children - a happy, delightful, and self-assured young person not afraid to always be true to herself. I highly recommend this book!!"
- Susie G. | Amazon
This is a well written story with a lesson about people being more important than things. My Grand Daughter loves the story and the illustrations. After reading this book with me she gave her cousin 1/2 of her dinosaur collection saying “ I have so many”.
- Tamara | Amazon
“The opportunity for fundamental growth and color emotion context is a great element within the stories themselves.”
- H. Shakes, former elementary school teacher and principal
“I loved reading this lovely book with my three-year old daughter! She just fancies Polka Dot Sue and wants to emulate her in every way. She is learning the days of the week and appreciating color in a whole new way! You will love this gem of a book too. Great for a gift too!”
- Katherine Clauss | Amazon