About Cristina

From Canton, Ohio, Cristina Sicard has loved writing picture books since she was little. She hasn't gotten much bigger, but her love for storytelling has. Everything to her is a story! Cristina especially loves hearing stories from her family in the Dominican Republic.
In May 2018, she graduated from Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism with a minor in Spanish and Global Leadership Certificate. In December 2019, she graduated from her Masters in Teaching PreK-5 from the University of Georgia. She wants to teach, use her Spanish, travel, and eventually work in children's television. Now, Cristina will continue writing children's books, smiling, and meeting wonderful readers like you!

Meet Harmony!

Harmony is THE fluffiest, cutest llama you will ever meet. He lives with his llama friends in Ohio at Timberlane Llamas. Harmony loves rolling in the mud, spending time with his loving owner Donna, posing for the camera, and taking trips in his llamazine. Although he really misses his fluffy family in Peru, Harmony wants to remind us all to take a look around and notice and appreciate the good we have. He highly recommends reading Cristina Sicard's children's llamazing book, Harmony.
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Harmony

We live in a world where families are divided by oceans and continents, people having moved to faraway countries to start a new life. It must be difficult leaving behind all that is familiar: places, foods, and especially family and friends. It can’t be that much different for animals either, transplanted from their native lands and relocated to homes far away. Harmony is a llama and he wishes he lived in Peru with his grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins instead of on a farm in Ohio. Whenever he thinks about the family he may never see, Harmony is sad. That is, until the owner of the farm on which he and his parents and many other llamas live, shows Harmony that he is special and loved and he can have a family in Ohio, too.
Cristina Sicard’s picture book story, Harmony, addresses a growing dilemma of transplanted families and immigrant life. The story is told partially in rhyming verse, with a sincere gentleness that is evident in the subtle watercolor gouaches that illustrate the story. Harmony states why he is sad, then sets about to explore the home that he does have in Ohio; the multiple seasons he can enjoy, the other llamas he can play with, his parents and, particularly, the owner who lavishes him and all the other llamas with her love and attention. Harmony learns a valuable lesson in his exploration: that life may not be exactly how he thinks it should be, that he may not be with all of his extended family, but he does have a good life and is safe and warm and well cared for on a farm in Ohio. Life is never perfect, but the message is clear: it does have its perks. A difficult lesson for people of all ages to learn.
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Harmony

We live in a world where families are divided by oceans and continents, people having moved to faraway countries to start a new life. It must be difficult leaving behind all that is familiar: places, foods, and especially family and friends. It can’t be that much different for animals either, transplanted from their native lands and relocated to homes far away. Harmony is a llama and he wishes he lived in Peru with his grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins instead of on a farm in Ohio. Whenever he thinks about the family he may never see, Harmony is sad. That is, until the owner of the farm on which he and his parents and many other llamas live, shows Harmony that he is special and loved and he can have a family in Ohio, too.
Cristina Sicard’s picture book story, Harmony, addresses a growing dilemma of transplanted families and immigrant life. The story is told partially in rhyming verse, with a sincere gentleness that is evident in the subtle watercolor gouaches that illustrate the story. Harmony states why he is sad, then sets about to explore the home that he does have in Ohio; the multiple seasons he can enjoy, the other llamas he can play with, his parents and, particularly, the owner who lavishes him and all the other llamas with her love and attention. Harmony learns a valuable lesson in his exploration: that life may not be exactly how he thinks it should be, that he may not be with all of his extended family, but he does have a good life and is safe and warm and well cared for on a farm in Ohio. Life is never perfect, but the message is clear: it does have its perks. A difficult lesson for people of all ages to learn.
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"Harmony" Rated 5 Stars by Readers' Favorite

"Harmony learns a valuable lesson in his exploration: that life may not be exactly how he thinks it should be, that he may not be with all of his extended family, but he does have a good life and is safe and warm and well cared for on a farm in Ohio. Life is never perfect, but the message is clear: it does have its perks. A difficult lesson for people of all ages to learn..."
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"Harmony" Rated 5 Stars by Readers' Favorite

"Harmony learns a valuable lesson in his exploration: that life may not be exactly how he thinks it should be, that he may not be with all of his extended family, but he does have a good life and is safe and warm and well cared for on a farm in Ohio. Life is never perfect, but the message is clear: it does have its perks. A difficult lesson for people of all ages to learn..."
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Literary Award Nominee Cristina Sicard, Encourages Children Through Difficulties with Children’s Book Entitled, “Harmony”

"Isolation — a word that may be squashing your mind these days. Harmony the llama knows that pain, feeling isolated in Ohio from his family in Peru. Cristina Sicard’s children’s book, Harmony, follows a llama named Harmony who feels stuck with his life..."
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"Harmony," written by Cristina Sicard, has been nominated for a 2020 Author Academy Award

"Honor bestowed for literary merit and publishing excellence in the writing and publishing industry to Cristina Sicard, Author..."
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“Harmony” on The Morning Show ABC 1490 AM KMET with Aaron Sanchez

During times of isolation, Harmony is here to remind us to seek out help and love. Harmony encourages us to acknowledge our current situations. Yet, he realizes what we are going through at the time does not have to be permanent. To get through times of loneliness or suffering, Harmony says lean on the positives.
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Brightside Chats: Cristina Sicard on finding the good in difficult times

"Cristina Sicard, the author of Harmony, shares how her personal story and an encounter with a llama turned into a chance to write a book with a lesson that children need to hear, and a reminder for adults. We talk about how her mental battles, her journey of fighting hard..."
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Cristina Sicard, Author of the Award-Nominated Children’s Book Entitled ‘Harmony’

"In this episode, Chris Jordan talks with Cristina Sicard about her work "Harmony" and how it is impacting not only children but also her local community. Nominated for a 2020 Author Academy Award, ‘Harmony’ addresses a growing dilemma of transplanted families and immigrant life. The story is told partially in rhyming verse..."
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CRISTINA SICARD | BOOKS OF MY LIFE

"Cristina Sicard recently graduated from the University of Georgia (go dawgs), attaining a Master of Arts in Teaching Early Childhood Education preK-5. She considers herself a “Bob-Dawg” because she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Ohio University (go bobcats). Going from Athens, Ohio, to Athens, Georgia, resulted in all kinds of crazy, beautiful moments..."
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Cristina Sicard book signing

"Children’s literature author and Ohio University graduate, Cristina Sicard, will be signing copies of her book, Harmony, on Saturday, Feb. 15 at White’s Mill, Athens, at 3 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Little Professor Book Center, Court Street, Athens, at 1 p.m..."
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"Harmony” a book written by Cristina Sicard ... has been published by Monday Creek Publishing

"When asked about their book, Sicard said, “This story is about working with what’s in front of us. Many times, we think about all the things that are missing from our lives rather than appreciating what we have at the moment. Harmony is a llama living in Ohio, a place he’d rather not reside in because his extended llama family lives in Peru..."
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An Interview with Ohio Author Cristina Sicard

"From Ohio USA, meet children’s literature author Cristina Sicard! I first met Cristina when she was a student at Ohio University. Now, pursuing her Masters degree away from home, she continues to inspire and motivate! Her first children’s literature, Harmony, was released in December 2019. Harmony is the story of an Ohio llama who thinks about his relatives in Peru..."
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