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Thank you to all who have read The Adventures of Keeno and Ernest ~ "The Banana Tree," "The Diamond" and "A New Friend" and a special thanks to those who have taken the time to write reviews and share their thoughts on the books.

Here are just a few of the very kinds words I've received:
The Banana Tree was recently kid-tested and judge certified to be Story Monster Approved!  Learn more at Story Monsters Ink.
Check out all of the fun "thank you" cards I received after visiting Kids Count Preschool in Boxford, MA!  This is what it's all about!  I love being a children's book author!

All 3 books in The Adventures of Keeno and Ernest series have been named a Mom’s Choice Awards® Silver Recipient in family-friendly media, products and services!

I am the winner of the 2014 and 2015 "50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading" contest presented by The Authors Show.  

The Adventures of Keeno and Ernest ~ The Banana Tree has been award the “This Book Rocks! StoryTime Jam” award for best picture book from StoryTime by Design, Inc.  The panel of judges included both experts and a children's focus group!
Online reviews:
-Connie Crisalli of

In person reviews:
"'The Adventures of Keeno & Ernest, The Banana Tree', is a delightful story of two friends who have an adventure in the jungle to find perfect bananas. Keeno and Ernest are relatable characters to children of all ages as they demonstrate kindness and true friendship. The story is entertaining with vivid illustrations that pull the reader right into the pages of the book. Author Maggie Van Galen chooses wonderful vocabulary to depict the characters experiences and give readers exposure to authentic words. My children love to read this book over and over and talk about what kind of adventures may come next for the lovable elephant and monkey. This book is a must in every children's library!"
Kate Donlin, Literacy Coach 
Perley Elementary School, Georgetown, MA

"Hi! We are here in Joe's 3rd grade class. We loved your story. We liked the illustrations. They went with the storyline.We liked the word choice. We liked Keeno. Keeno was cute and Ernest was smart. Ernest was a nice friend.We hope to read your second book soon."
~Mrs. Gibson's 3rd grade class, Spofford Pond School in Boxford, MA

"I read the story in the evening before going to bed, and have to admit I love it. It’s absolutely great.......of course I like it a lot already because it has a monkey in it as a main character!  I love the illustrations, I love the whole GOOD feeling I get from it while I can see it’s educative as well. Everyone benefits."
~Uncle Patrick

"A lovely story of adventure and friendship and the illustrations make this book come alive! Each of the characters has their own personality and the bright colors jump off the page. It is so refreshing to see hand created art instead of computer generated designs. This is a wonderful addition to any family library!"
~Amazon review by Emaliza

"What a great book for children and adults. A traditional morality tale brought into the 21st century with delightful illustrations and non-preachy story telling. A book that will be read over and over and passed down to next generations. I am getting more for friends!"
~Amazon review by Mary B Smith
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