New York Book Festival Honorable Mention – Best Children’s Book
It’s a Rabbits Tale of immigration from Italy to the United States and landing on Ellis Island to be processed for entry to the USA. The rabbits venture on to Clarksburg, WV, taking their Italian heritage and culture to their new home.
What People Say
“This wonderful story shares with how families blend into a new country, make friends, and yet carry with pride all of the customs of their family. It is about the celebration of our lives and values wherever we are and perfect for all ages to read together.” —Gayle Manchin, Former First Lady of WV and wife of Senator Joe Manchin
“Growing up in Clarksburg, WV, the Italian Heritage Festival was a big part of life for my family and me. Reading this story brings back all of those wonderful festival memories of celebrating our heritage.”—Angela Bellotte, 2014 WV Italian Heritage Festival Italian-American Woman of the Year
“Joby’s adventure teaches him about heritage, tradition, and community—creating a strong knot about the importance of family, bravery, and the strength it takes to seek a better life without forgetting the beauty of their homeland.”—Frank Devono Jr, Regional Manager Medical Equipment technology, Vice President Board of Education, Harrison County West Virginia
About the Author
Diana Pishner Walker was born in Clarksburg, WV and is the daughter of the late Louis and Anna Allessio Pishner. She attended Notre Dame High School in Clarksburg, WV and graduated in 1977. She attended Fairmont State College, Fairmont WV and is employed by the Marion County Board of Education as a “Fast ForWord” computer aide at East Dale Elementary School.
Diana resides in Fairmont, WV with her husband Mark and their three children Curt, Courtney, Chris and his wife Ashley. They have two grandsons Ashton Louis and Austin Maddox.
Diana’s Italian roots run deep. Her maternal grandparents were from San Giovani in Fiore, Province of Cosenza, Italy. Her paternal grandparents were from Caulonia, Reggio Calabria Italy.