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Tommy Nelson Signs Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman For Children's Book

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Steven Curtis Chapman

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Tommy Nelson has signed Grammy and Dove Award-winning recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth for a series of new children's books featuring their adopted daughter Shaohannah.

The first release, which will be a picture book, retells the story of Shaoey's adoption. Shaoey & Dot: Bug Meets Bundle, (ISBN: 1-4003-0482-2, $16.99, November 4, 2004) will be in stores in time for National Adoption Awareness Month in November.

"We're very excited to be working with Steven and Mary Beth to retell the story of Shaoey and her friend Dot in this new picture book," said Dan Lynch, senior vice president and publisher for Tommy Nelson in a press release. "With adoption on the rise, we hope this book will be an inspiration to families of all nationalities as well as serve to remind us that we're all adopted children in the family of God."

In the past, the Chapman family had supported others in their adoptions, but they never expected to understand what they call "the miracle of adoption" personally. Now, both have come to recognize that adoption is a "perfect picture of what God has done for each of us," and are grateful to be experiencing this love by adopting two daughters from China.

In March of 2000, Shaohannah Hope Chapman became the first child they adopted from China. Shaoey, as they call her, brought such joy to the Chapman household that they adopted again. This time they brought home Stevey Joy Ru Chapman in May of 2003.

"The Chapmans are elated to share the spirit and their animated story of adoption to touch, educate and inspire children, parents, grandparents and teachers around the world," said J. David Huffman, COO, Creative Trust, Inc. "This is another step in fulfilling the callings placed on their family's life. We are glad to launch the Shaoey & Dot brand with our friends at Tommy Nelson."

Shaoey & Dot: Bug Meets Bundle is an endearing tale told from the perspective of one little ladybug, Dot, who finds a mysterious bundle one sunny day. Dot stays with the little bundle as she is carried to the place "where babies come to be found," and promises to stay with the little one throughout her journey toward finding a family. It is a story of hope and faith for all families who have been blessed by a "lost little bundle of love."

Jim Chapman, Mary Beth's brother, ties the story together with beautiful original art that features true pictorials of the Chapman's adoption experience in China with fun characterizations of Dot the ladybug. And watch for many more Shaoey & Dot adventures to follow as they come the United States with their new family.

Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman have been married for over 17 years and have five children. They met in college, where they were assigned the same mailbox because they had the same last name. Since 1987, Steven has sold over 9 million albums and his 14th album, All Things New, will release on September 21, 2004. In 2001, they launched Shaohannah's Hope, a national foundation created to care for orphans by engaging the church and helping Christian families reduce the financial barrier to adoption.

Tommy Nelson, the kids division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., creates and distributes products designed to expand children's imaginations and nurture their faith. Named one of the top 15 children's publishing companies in North America by Publishers Weekly, Tommy Nelson publishes best-selling authors and brands like Max Lucado, Frank Peretti, Adventures in Odyssey®, and Jay Jay the Jet Plane®.

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