Sunday, November 26, 2017

Holiday gift guide: the perfect children's gift "Raven's Plan" by Nancy Hollenbeck

A beautifully  illustrated trip through Alaska's magical Tongass  National Forest
Patti Pietschmann pick for best children's Christmas gift ever

This year give the young ones on  your list a real, hard cover book to  remind them of the joys of reading and looking at amazing illustrations by talented writer, photographer and winner of         Alaska State Heroism Medal recipient, Nancy Davis Hollenbeck. Read it ,too, you will love it.

"Raven's Plan to Fool Man," is a Southeast Alaskan forest tale that opens with a raven and talks about how it all began in the spring, after the snow as  creatures entered the forest. Readers will smile as they come across rabbits, moose, wolves and characters such as  "old and gray haired Charlie who lived in a forest cabin for years."

Quote the raven...."Raven’s Plan to Fool Man"  is available at Alaska Book Stores, Todd Communications at, and

About the author

Cute as a button,Nancy Davis Hollenbeck is an accomplished writer, photographer and artist, whose family shares a rich Alaskan history. Her grandfather, Charles A. Davis, was an originator of the Alaska Guide Association. He homesteaded in Hope, where the family worked at a placer gold mine. Her father, Captain Charles A. Davis, Jr. worked at Merrill Field in Anchorage prior to WWII. He flew B-29’s in the Pacific Theater, returning to Anchorage to become a pilot with Pacific Northern Airlines, which merged with Western Airlines and later Delta Airlines.

Nancy followed in her dad's  footsteps, joining Wien Consolidated Airlines as a flight attendant after graduating from Western Washington University. Governor William Egan bestowed the Alaska Heroism Medal on her, following the hijacking of her maiden flight. She was the Art Director for Wien’s in-flight magazine, which won the Alaska Press Club’s Best Magazine of the Year award. She won a national Clio for an Alaska Airline poster, when she was the Vice President of Pacific Advertising in Seattle. 

The Hollenbecks  have penned more than two dozen books, including the pictorials Southeast Alaska and Alaska Airlines, which showcased it’s 80 year history. The talented couple have also enjoyed a successful career lecturing aboard cruise lines and around the world.

Raven’s Plan To Fool Man and other Hollenbeck books are distributed by Todd Communications, the largest publisher and distributor of books, calendars and maps on Alaska, with more than 3000 titles in its inventory.