A few words from Mary Engelbreit

Do you have any idea how hard it is to come up with a new Christmas story that won’t fade away after one season??  Sarah Linquist has done it with her enchanting book  ”Onward Is Best: A Christmas Journey”.  It’s the tale of a little red-headed doll who is afraid to leave everything she knows and loves at Santa’s workshop at the North Pole , only to find herself on a journey where she discovers her own inventiveness, bravery and a wonderful ability to make friends and try new things.  It’s a marvelous story, made even more amazing by Sarah’s “illustrations”— huge 3-D sets made of vintage and found items, and populated by all kinds of creatures, including one country full of Teddy Bears!  Every child will relate to Sarah’s meticulous invention of her own imagined world, and the inspiring message that you can get through anything with just a little help from your friends!

I really loved the book— it’s a great story and the illustrations are amazing!

- Mary Engelbreit


Articles and Broadcasts:

Entrepreneur the Arts: “An Artist’s Journey,” by Lisa Canning, October 25, 2011

Riverfront Times: “STL Artist Sarah Jean Linquist is Gone, But Thanks to Her Friends, Her New Book Lives On,” by Aimee Levitt, November 11, 2011

West End Word: “Onward is Best, An Artist’s Hand-crafted Storybook Land Serves as Backdrop for New Children’s Book,” by Susan Fadem, November 16, 2011

St Louis Public Radio, 90.7 KWMU, Cityscape: “A Discussion with Robert Fishbone about the Completion of his late wife Sarah Linquist’s Christmas book” with Steve Potter, November 18, 2011

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “After artist’s death, family finishes her passion project” by Diane Toroian, December 11, 2011

St. Louis Beacon: “Sarah Linquist’s Story is Entwined with her Christmas Book”, by Elizabeth Harris Krasnoff, December 15, 2011

KSDK St. Louis: “Onward is Best, A Christmas Journey has special story behind it” by Heidi Glaus, December 16, 2011