Advocate Press releases first faith-based children's book

The Advocate Press has just released its first children’s book, “Herbert the Hippo.”

Designed for preschoolers (ages 3-5), the book is authored by the Rev. Meg Sweeney Cook and illustrated by P.A. Sweeney.

Cook pastors Cayce United Methodist Church, Cayce.

Herbert the Hippo is a small pink hippo figurine who was made in South Africa. He’s so small he can fit in the palm of your hand. But even though he’s small, he’s a great big reminder that everyone can make a difference in the world, and everyone is God’s special work of art. 

Herbert, a fair-trade figurine the author fell in love with at a fair-trade market, has inspired this book.

It is the first in a planned series. The book is available at or on Amazon.

“Herbert the Hippo” joins two other books released this spring by the Advocate Press: “People of My Journey,” by the Rev. Arthur Holt, and “A Healing Journey: Poems of Faith, Healing, Recovery, and Coping with Grief,” by Stephon C. Void.

All Advocate Press books are available at, and most will be available at the Advocate’s table at Annual Conference.

Founded in 2017 by the South Carolina United Methodist Advocate newspaper, the Advocate Press has a mission to produce books of interest to South Carolina United Methodists on matters of faith and to amplify regional voices and those that advocate for the advancement of the kingdom of God.

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