Meet Annabelle the giraffe, star of Annabelle’s Best series by Rhonda Atkins Leonard!
These beautiful watercolor illustrations and magnificent stories are sure to bring a smile to every child.

Annabelle's Best Winter Ever Book

Annabelle’s Best Winter Ever

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Annabelle's Best Spring Book

Annabelle’s Best Spring Ever

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Annabelle's Best Summer Ever

Annabelle’s Best Summer Ever

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About the Books

Annabelle is a colorful giraffe whose optimism is as bright as her spots – and she’s the star of the Annabelle’s Best Ever series by author and illustrator, Rhonda Atkins Leonard.

No matter what the situation, Annabelle always looks for the silver lining. She wants to make every day the best ever, and she
encourages her eclectic group of friends to do the same – Mingo Rose the Elephant, Leonard the Lion, Rico the Cheetah, Glory the Zebra and Gazzie the Gazelle.

Annabelle and friends are preparing for a lifetime of adventures and teach lessons along the way to their young fans – to love their friends, for instance, or that it is normal to be scared.

These beautiful watercolor illustrations and magnificent stories are sure to bring a smile to every child and to spark their imagination.

Annabelle's Best Winter Book

Annabelle’s Best Winter Ever

Annabelle’s adventures begin with her favorite season: Winter! Our colorful friend goes snowboarding, makes holiday treats and decorates a Christmas tree. But what fun surprise is in the gift that arrived at her doorstep?

Annabelle's Best Spring Book

Annabelle’s Best Spring Ever

Annabelle dons her purple rain boots and plays in the rain as spring gets underway. She picks flowers and has the best birthday party thanks to her friends Mingo Rose, Rico, Glory, Leonard and Gazzie. She and her friends laugh and play all day. What did Annabelle get for her birthday present?

Annabelle's Best Summer Ever

Annabelle’s Best Summer Ever

After such a wonderful spring, what could make summer even better? Annabelle goes roller skating in the park, gets a surprise from Jolly Jasper, has a sleepover with Mingo Rose, Glory, and more!

Rhonda Leonard

About The Author

Rhonda Leonard

Rhonda Leonard lives in Spartanburg County, in South Carolina’s thriving Upstate. There are mountains to the north and beaches not too far to the east. And the area is graced with all four seasons in all their splendor.

Rhonda has been painting for about 20 years. After friends went on an African safari, Rhonda borrowed their photo album and picked the six animals who would become Annabelle, Mingo Rose, Glory, Leonard, Rico and Gazzie. She gravitated toward Annabelle because she had the most fun painting her – and she had the most opportunity to use vibrant, happy colors.

“All of the animals were spectacular in their habitat, but two giraffes stood far above the rest, and I’ve been in love with them ever since,” Rhonda says. She first painted Annabelle in 2005. Since then, the two of them have enjoyed the fun journey of bringing Annabelle’s adventures to life.

Rhonda and her husband Brian reside with their 11 cats and one dog – all of them rescues. She enjoys spending time in her art studio and not flying, while Brian has a pilot’s license and loves to fly! The two travel extensively, and their philanthropy benefits two South Carolina charities: Piedmont Women’s Center in Greenville and Canine Angels Service Dogs in Little River.

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