Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Contact: Wayland Timme
Telephone: 212-685-8632


New book from Elaine Nikolakakos, Ed.D., and from award-winning author Timothy D. Bellavia, on the Sage Book imprint

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Combining America’s infatuation with singing contests and the recent disturbing trend in school bullying, “Dasha, Priscilla and the Talent Show” is a picture book for children aged 4-8 that stresses the importance of self-confidence in helping to overcome discouragement and teasing.

The book, with text by Elaine Nikolakakos and Timothy D. Bellavia and illustrations by Bellavia, is published by the T.I.M.M.-E. Company, Inc. in New York. An acronym for “Tolerance In Multi-Media Education,” the company was created by Bellavia as a way to promote peace, tolerance and acceptance for our common humanity.

The company’s publishing history began with the first book, “We Are All the Same Inside” (2000), which featured the character Sage. The book was cross-promoted with a doll-making curriculum. Bellavia has continued to offer the workshops worldwide ever since, including an appearance with the Anti-Defamation League and the We Are Family Foundation at the United Nations in 2003. A tenth anniversary commemorative edition (also in Spanish and French) came out in 2010. Dasha and Priscilla are characters from the first book.
Since 2000, Bellavia has published ten more books. Only one, “Pieces of Ice: An Autobiographical, Tell-All, Picture Book” (2009), was aimed at adults—the story of his own overcoming being “different” and being bullied. Bellavia says, “… As an educator, I am relieved that there is the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) in the state of New York, which is basically protecting any student from persistent teasing, harassment or bullying.”

Nikolakakos, a former New York City Assistant Principal with a doctoral degree in education leadership, heads a graduate literacy program and has spent over thirty years promoting literacy education, from kindergarten to college. “All children have the right to attend school in a safe, welcoming, and caring environment,” she says. “It is my hope that this book will gently promote tolerance and acceptance in our society.
“Dasha, Priscilla and the Talent Show” is available at all major online retailers. For more information, go to or Call 212-685-8632 above to make an appointment to speak with one of the authors or to arrange to have a workshop come to your educational facility.



Sandra said...

I could not be more thrilled to find this engaging and "artful" approach to introducing the important and timeless topic of tolerance to young children. It's a wonderful tool for education professionals, parents, and anyone involved with PK and early elementary grade children.

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