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Norbert, the Internet’s cutest and most popular therapy dog, shares the lessons he’s learned from being a three-pound hero and philanthropist, demonstrating that you don’t need to be big to make a big difference in the world.

Philosopher, intuitive healer, and fashion-forward snappy dresser, Norbert the tiny, mixed-breed therapy dog with a big heart shares his lessons on friendship, individuality, family, love, and more to help you shift your perspective and focus on what really matters in life. With fifty accompanying photographs throughout the book, Norbert hopes to continue his goal to spread smiles, inspire kindness, and bring comfort to those in need.

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"Making others smile is my greatest gift. I hope my book spreads smiles and encourages kindness and caring everywhere it goes." - Norbert



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Book Details

Hi! Below are the details about my new book. 

Publication Date: October 10, 2017
144 pages
Size: 7" x 7"
Publisher: North Star Way
ISBN: 9781501187315
Authors: Julie Steines, Virginia Freyermuth
Photography By: Mark Steines

With everything I do, giving back is at the heart of my mission. I have proudly donated copies of my book to Marine Toys for Tots, Children's Hospital Los Angeles & other organizations.  

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Julie Steines (Author)

With Norbert, Julie’s three-pound registered therapy dog, Julie has built a global audience of nearly 1.8 million highly engaged followers, known as The Norberthood. Through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube, Julie consistently promotes kindness and compassion, while inspiring Norbert’s dedicated and passionate fans to spread smiles to others.

Norbert has become a worldwide phenomenon and a captivating symbol of goodness and generosity of spirit. For the past eight years, Julie and Norbert have spent many hours volunteering at hospitals, nursing homes, school fundraisers, and homeless shelters to bring comfort and smiles to people of all ages.    

"Collaborating on this book with my husband, my mother and my side-kick Norbert has been an extraordinary experience. This beautiful book is truly a work of heart that we hope inspires and delights people of all ages."

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Virginia Freyermuth, Ph.D. (Author)

Dr. Freyermuth is a multiple award-winning art educator, illustrator, painter and portrait artist .  She illustrated and designed the Norbert book series, authored by her daughter, Julie Steines, winning nine prestigious book awards. Together they founded the kindhearted mother/daughter independent publishing company, Polly Parker Press. 

Dr. Freyermuth has taught art to all ages levels over her distinguished 40+ year career. She was the 1995 National Outstanding Art Teacher of the Walt Disney American Teacher Awards; the 1994 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year, administered by the MA Department of Education; and was named the 2014 Higher Education Art Educator of the Year by the R.I. Art Education Association. She holds Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts Degrees in Painting, and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Art Education.  

An avid arts advocate, she has authored numerous journal articles and was a chapter author for the peer-reviewed book The Heart of Art Education: Holistic Approaches to Creativity, Integration, and Transformation.  She currently offers art instruction through her online art school, WorldClass Art Class.  Her professional website is

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Mark Steines (Photographer)

Emmy award-winning Mark Steines is known as one of the entertainment industries’ most dynamic and well-respected television journalists. Steines, along with Leeza Gibbons, are the annual hosts of KTLA’s Rose Parade broadcast.

From small town Iowa to the red carpets of Hollywood, Steines, a three-time Emmy winner, has established himself as one of the most trusted and charismatic figures in entertainment news.  Since landing in Hollywood, he has interviewed thousands of A-list actors, producers, musicians and athletes during his 17 years with Entertainment Tonight and more than 6 years hosting Hallmark Channel's Home & Family.

Steines receives rave reviews as a photographer.  His appreciation for all things beautiful is captured in his portraits and majestic landscapes. Professional photography assignments have included editorial work for magazine's including Angeleno, Closer, Focus, Paper, Casual Living, The Wag, Animal Wellness and Groomer to Groomer, among others. Mark has a gift for capturing Norbert's many moods and expressions. He is thrilled to be the photographer for Norbert's Little Lessons For a Big Life.  

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