Hop & Trot

An old rivalry comes full circle for Hop & Trot!

Preferred Choice Award Creative Child Magazine
Hollywood Book Festival Award

Runner Up Paris Book Festival – Best Children’s Book

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Preferred Choice Award Creative Child Magazine
Hollywood Book Festival Award

Runner Up Paris Book Festival – Best Children’s Book
The Tortoise and the Hare with an Italian flare! Mr. Tartaruga (which means turtle in Italian) and Mr. O’Hara, better known as Hop and Trot, have both aged considerably but are still very young at heart. They decide to race each other once again on the beautiful coastal shores of Italy. Who will win this time? See you at the finish line!!

What People Say

Diana Walker’s Hop & Trot is new telling of an ancient tale and a sweet reminder of the value of friendship. —Francene Kirk, Ed.D. Director, Frank and Jane Gabor WV Folklife Center 

“Perfect in every way this book is sure to elicit excitement and curiosity. This beautifully illustrated, well-written tale will inspire young readers to always believe in themselves.” —Eliot Parker Award winning Author / Professor University of Mississippi 

An intriguing book with a surprise ending, this story provides comfort. —Phyllis Wilson Moore, Literary Historian

This is a charming tale of a friendly competition between animal friends. Hop & Trot will have you laughing and cheering for the underdog. The lessons learned at the end of the race though will leave you smiling and warm your heart. –Gina Lodge-DeLorenzo, Marion County Board of Education Curriculum & Instruction ELA Coordinator


Diana Pishner Walker








7 x 10

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About the Author

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Diana Pishner Walker was born in Clarksburg, WV and is the daughter of the late Louis and Anna Allessio Pishner. She attended Notre Dame High School in Clarksburg, WV and graduated in 1977. She attended Fairmont State College, Fairmont WV and was a “Fast ForWord” computer aide at East Dale Elementary School. Currently, Diana is part of the Headline Kids School Show program and visits schools, libraries, and speaks to groups across the United States.

Diana resides in Fairmont, WV with her husband Mark. They have three children: Curt (son) and wife Allyson, Chris (son) and wife Ashley, Courtney (daughter) and husband Phil, three grandsons, Ashton Louis, Austin Maddox, and Ace Ervin

Diana’s Italian roots run deep. Her maternal grandparents were from San Giovani in Fiore, Province of Cosenza, Italy. Her paternal grandparents were from Caulonia, Reggio Calabria Italy.

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