It’s Hard to Swim with Plushie Gift Set


Gift Set of:

It’s Hard to Swim
9.25 x 9.25,  36 Page Hardcover Picture Book


 Ellie the Wiener Dog Super Soft Animal Plush Toy

12″l x 5″h x 4″w


In Life’s Little Lesson #2, “It’s Hard to Swim,” readers are reunited with their favorite wiener dog as she is about to abruptly get her paws wet.  Will she sinker swim? Will she end up as dinner for a hungry shark or a monster fish? Or will she overcome her fear and discover all the fun that comes with trying something new? Her future hangs at the end of a dock with very dark water below . . .

“Swim” is a year-round Summer Fun read! Kids will love searching for all the hidden treasures in the vibrant, whimsical illustrations and grown-ups will love the timeless lesson that is shared through Ellie’s humorous tale!

The super soft, cuddly, Ellie the Wienerdog Plushie is the perfect accompaniment to Ellie’s books that creates a unique gift sure to bring a smile to those who receive it and also become a keepsake to pass from generation to generation.  (Unless the dog get it first ????)

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K.J. Hales and Ellie the Wienerdog

Kim Hales is the founder of Open Door Press, Inc. and the author of the children’s book series “Life’s Little Lessons by Ellie the Wiener Dog.”

After a career in the corporate business world, she was inspired to return to her passion for story and art, by of all things – her wiener dog. Shortly after Ellie came into her life, Kim picked up a yellow note pad and began writing humorous stories and doodles about the daily problems and perils of being a “wiener dog.”

As the number of stories grew so did Kim’s desire to share “Life’s Little Lessons” with the world. She established Open Door Press to do just that.

Kim lives in Southern California with her husband, her muse Ellie the Wienerdog and Ellie’s little sisters, Ruby and Pepper.