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Shelly Lipscomb Echeverria ’89 Illustrates Her First Children’s Book

Shelly and Bena circa 2016

Shelly Echeverria, left, and Bena Hartman, circa 2016

Harrisburg-area artist Shelly Lipscomb Echeverria ’89 has illustrated her first children’s book, My Elephant-Sized Dream, written by her longtime friend Bena Hartman.

The book is about a young girl who—inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech—aims to continue King’s work in her own way.

Shelly and former Clarion student Bena became friends in 1987 as line sisters pledging Delta Sigma Theta’s citywide Theta Beta chapter.

They plan to collaborate on additional picture books to promote literacy and the arts in children, Shelly said.

Shelly and Bena in 1987

Shelly and Bena during their college days in 1987

My Elephant-Sized Dream is available through Masthof Press and major retailers.

My Elephant-Sized Dream cover

Cover illustration by Shelly Lipscomb Echeverria