Layla and Kelly enjoying The Pond of Reflection

Content in her father’s wise kingdom, Princess Journee loves life but has one nagging question: Who is she? Yes, she is a mouse, but who is she really? With her adventurous spirit and her father’s mighty steed to protect her, she goes on a quest to find herself. The adventure takes an interesting turn when she befriends a toad and an owl who tell her about a legendary Pond of Reflection known to reveal one’s true identity. But first they must find it, if indeed it exists. Their friendship and appreciation for each other grow as they encounter difficulties along the way, and strange happenings in the ancient Whoami Forest.

Is the Pond of Reflection magic? Is it simply a solitary place to reflect on who you are? What will the legendary water show Journee and her friends? And more importantly, what will the Pond of Reflection show you when you look into its mysterious water and reflect on your own heart?
The Pond of Reflection is a children’s series chapter book geared for ages 9 and up.

The Pond of Reflection 2nd edition, published in early December, 2021 on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), and distributed by Ingram Spark Publishing. Currently available in full-color hardcover, paperback, eBook, and audiobook.

distributed by IngramSpark

The Pond of Reflection received a gold medal in the Children’s Adventure Genre at the 2022 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards in Miami, FL Nov 18-20

2022 Gold Winner Press Release

The Pond of Reflection 2nd edition
Book 1 in The Pearls of Wisdom Series

The Pond of Reflection 2nd edition is book 1 in The Pearls of Wisdom Series: stories inspired by a Biblical Proverb.

As water reflects the face so one’s life reflects the heart.

Prov 27:19 (NIV)

This book is rated 5 stars

The Pond of Reflection has achieved the Amazon #1 Best Seller status in the Amazon Kindle Store, in the the following categories: Children’s: Bedtime & Dreams eBooks, eBooks on Maturing, Religious Fiction, and US Folk Tales.

Free on Kindle Unlimited!

Readers’ Favorite 5-Star Review Press Release

Reviewed by Sarah Scheele for Readers’ Favorite, April 2022

Author’s new book receives a warm literary welcome.

Readers’ Favorite announces the review of the Children – Adventure book “The Pond of Reflection” by Catherine Ann Russell, Brooke Connor, currently available at

Readers’ Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the “Best Websites for Authors” and “Honoring Excellence” awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

Princess Journee is a little mouse with a big mission. In The Pond of Reflection (Pearls of Wisdom Series Book 1), written by Catherine Ann Russell and illustrated by Brooke Connor, the princess lives with her royal father. He abhors shallowness and has forbidden mirrors in the peaceful kingdom so that no one will be selfconscious about their appearance. The internal person, the “insideout,” is of greater importance. But Journee doesn’t know what she looks like and feels she doesn’t know enough about herself even though she is aware that the external does not define her. For her birthday, she goes on a quest, traveling through the kingdom with three friends in search of the Pond of Reflection, which can serve as a mirror since the kingdom has none.

With a pristinely flowing narrative and quirky characterization, The Pond of Reflection (Pearls of Wisdom Series Book 1) has a lot of charismatic strength, and the story never falters. A moral fable at its finest, it springboards off a Bible verse, Proverbs 27:19, to build a winsome story about finding true self-respect. It’s a beautiful, high-quality fantasy story about a set of four close-knit animal friends who quietly meander through an enchanted countryside and discover life together. A splendid yet understated interior of illustrations and decorative page design makes this book perfect for little readers to savor and read over and over. Catherine Ann Russell’s book is the sort of story I loved to read as a child and I’m sure many young people today will enjoy it too because it depicts the world of children, what they need, and what preoccupies them so sympathetically.

You can learn more about Catherine Ann Russell, Brooke Connor and “The Pond of Reflection” at where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages.

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WHERE TO BUY The Pond of Reflection 1st edition
The Pond of Reflection 1st edition is currently available on Amazon and sold locally at Red Canyon Art in Lyons, CO, hardcover only. Hurry, stock is limited! This book is no longer in print.

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