Sal Barbera & “Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow”

 by Bethany Morton-Gannaway

Have you ever met someone that you have an instant connection with?
That’s how we felt when we met Sal and Sheri Barbera of
Hartman-Barbera at the OC Book Festival.
We want to introduce them to you and share about their amazing company and children’s books.

Today we are featuring Salvatore Barbera’s book:
“Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow”

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The story of Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow opens with a new cow, Mary Elizabeth, arriving at the farm and takes us on the journey that Mary Elizabeth must travel to figure out how to get the other cows to like and accept her.

Mary Elizabeth longs for friendship and acceptance but instead, finds out what it means to be different from everyone else. By using her ingenuity and sense of humor she is able to overcome obstacles such as discrimination and subtle bullying in order to achieve her ultimate goal of friendship.

This inspiring tale is about perseverance in spite of obstacles, using a sound thought process to arrive at solutions and the importance of having fun, using humor and enjoying playtime to build friendships.

Parents, guardians, teachers and especially children will enjoy reading this fairy tale. It has vibrant, colorful pictures, humor for children and adults, and a fast paced story that will keep you interested in Mary Elizabeth’s adventure from start to finish.

In addition, your purchase of this book will help to make a difference in the lives of children with critical and life threatening illnesses. When you buy this book, 50% of net profits up to $10,000 will go to Phoenix Children’s Hospital for children in critical care units.

Sal is the author and illustrator of “A Sweetles Dream” book series.
As the Creative Director for Hartman-Barbera LLC, a family media & entertainment company, he is also an animator, sculptor, painter and all around fun guy.

Sal lives the phrase: “A day without laughter is a wasted day”.
To that end, he uses his writing, illustrating and animation skills to create endearing characters and comedic stories.

On any given day Sal might be painting, sculpting, drawing, animating, writing or enjoying one of his favorite pastimes: cooking, television, movies and golf.

Make sure you go visit Sal over at to learn more about him, his company and of course, “Mary Elizabeth, The Spotless Cow”.
We’re very excited to have pre-ordered Sal’s latest book….
“Ernie, The Dysfunctional Frog”
We can’t wait to get it.

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Sal and Sheri run an amazing company and write amazing children’s books.
The mission of Hartman-Barbera LLC is:

“We create fun stories that help kids learn
positive social skills and good behaviors that
make the world a kinder, better place.”
Sheri and Sal Barbera of
We enjoyed meeting and visiting with Sal and Sheri Barbera so much.
We know our paths will cross again one day.
We’re just hoping it’s real soon. :)
Go over and visit them at (What a cute name huh?)

Thanks again OC Book Festival!!!
We loved meeting your vendors as our newest friends. :)

As promised, we will be back with a few more author
features from our weekend at the OC!

Toodles and don’t forget to read a book today!

Meet Children’s Book Author and writer of this post:

Bethany Morton-Gannaway