Although writing can help decipher history, it’s our humanity which keeps all of us striving for an improved future.

Pictorial Ballad

What is a Pictorial Ballad?

It's a combustion of two components: pictures and prose. Pictorials are illustrations that are created as a means to express emotion in art. Whether through paintings or drawings, these images are suggestions or interpretations of how the artist views the world. Ballads are narrative poems that are often expressed with sentimental or romantic flavors. Combine these two artistic styles and you've composed a lyrical visual.

What do the themes primarily focus on? Philosophy or history?

Both, actually. It's about critical thinking and the search for knowledge. Interpretations are as open as we allow our minds to be.

Is this genre designed for children or adults?

Both, actually. As with the Grimm's Brothers and Hans Christian Anderson stories, which, on the surface appeals to children with pictures and mythical tales, complex undertones can also be understood by adults.

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A Historical Pictorial Ballad 
Running Horse’s visit to Fort Randall has a somber purpose: to assist the Blue Coats during the process of settling a peace treaty. While Colonel Bradley may be sympathetic in contrast to Private Benson’s attitude, there is mistrust on both sides. The intentions may be sincere, but the lack of understanding befalls an unknown tomorrow. Distance isn’t just defined by land and weapons. A truthful communication doesn’t promise freedom. Life unravels many trails. Which one will Running Horse endure? And which one will Colonel Bradley recognize?


I wrote this ballad as a way for adults to discuss the history of the American West and its mistreatment of Native Americans to children.  The themes to discuss are how two culture held distrust toward each other and how American culture ignored the value of the Plains Indians' civilization.


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A Reflective Pictorial Ballad 
Sam and Cindy are on a wondrous journey to have some big questions answered in the small world they live in. They meet some interesting animals on the farm; some who are helpful and others who don't have a care in the world. Mysterious stories about life on the farm may not provide the answers the dairy goats seek, but their endurance makes their quest worthy and inspiring. It is a philosophical journey that captures an awareness of our surroundings.


I wrote this ballad as a way for adults to discuss spiritually and the meaning of life to children. The themes are left wide open to be interpreted how the individual views the world.  Two lessons that everyone can learn from are: never stop searching and never stop asking questions.


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"This is one the most unique books I've read for as long as I can remember, because of it's deep philosophy. Since this book is mainly meant for kids, I can only imagine what the resulting masterpiece of thoughts would be when this philosophy merges with the mind of a child. And I have to mention that the illustrations are simply adorable! They look so, so, lovable. A brilliant book that is recommended to people of all ages! Great work!" By Barbara

"I recommend this book highly and know you will be more than satisfied with the results for your 8 to 10 year olds and pictures and story for the 5 to 6 year olds. I'm giving this a five because really the review I wanted to give could have been done in one word WOW." By CeeCee

"Two Dairy Goats' Journey is a charming delightful picture-book. The book is about the big question WHY. The story teaches courage and friendship in a fun way. My children laugh hysterically at Sam and Cindy's adventures. This is an excellent book for demonstrating expressive reading." By Winchester168

"Kollenborn writes a book that discusses the meaning of life that is enjoyable for children and adults alike and really brings about wonderful conversation between all ages. This book teaches us to think critically and search for answers." By Jenny



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Even though I am from Kansas, I enjoy venturing into other worlds from around the globe which is why my writing focuses on diversity. With fluid accessibility to modern media and traveling opportunities, my Midwestern world can expand and explore beyond my own backyard. In addition to studying cultures, I take pleasure in studying history. Submitting to a moment in time allows us to remember, or to muse even, over our society’s past. Although writing can educate as well as entertain, yet what makes art incredibly amazing, to that of paintings, photographs, and music, it transposes emotion into another form of humanity, and therefore, it is our humanity which keeps all of us striving for an improved future.

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