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Priscilla Presley is keeping Elvis Presley's legacy alive with younger generations by releasing a children's book.

Priscilla, who was married to the late rock icon from 1967 to 1973, reveals she was inspired by her young grandchildren to write Elvis Presley's Love Me Tender, which is inspired by
her late ex-husband's famous ballad.

"The twins know much about their grandfather," she tells People magazine. "How famous he is, his love of Graceland (home in Memphis, Tennessee), his movies and his songs.
They can hear one of his songs on the radio and right away know that's his voice. I can't imagine them not liking the book.

"First of all, they will instantly recognise the title and secondly it's a feel-good story of love and accepting and a happy ending. Isn't that what children want?"

The picture book hits stores on 13 November (17) and Priscilla is eager to see how children will react to it. The 72-year-old reveals Harper and Finley, her young grandkids from
daughter Lisa Marie's marriage to musician Michael Lockwood, are always eager to read books to her.

"Both Harper and Finley enjoy going to bookstores and picking out books," she continues. "They love fairy tales. When they started to read it was more them wanting to read to me.
They like doing things for themselves and sharing the stories."

Harper and Finley spent time with grandma Priscilla earlier this year (17), while Lisa Marie was locked in a bitter divorce battle with Lockwood after ending their 10-year marriage in
June, 2016. Priscilla explains having her young grandchildren around has taught her to listen to what the girls have to say.

"They have so much to contribute in their opinions, their viewpoints and questions," she says. "I value that very much."

Elvis Presley's Love Me Tender (2017)
by Elvis Presley (Author), Stephanie Graegin (Illustrator) and features an endnote written by Priscilla
The king of rock-and-roll's #1 hit song "Love Me Tender" is now an endearing picture book
Adapted from the unforgettable classic song, Elvis Presley's Love Me Tender is a heartwarming ode to the special bond between children and the adults who love and care for
them--be they parents, grandparents, adoptive parents, aunts, uncles, or guardians. With its simple, timeless message, Elvis Presley's Love Me Tender is destined to join Guess
How Much I Love You as a baby shower staple. And the sweet, inclusive illustrations make it a book every family will treasure "all through the years, 'till the end of time."

Hardcover: 32 pages
Age Range: 3 - 5 years
Publisher: Dial Books (14 Nov. 2017)

EER has to wonder just how original this new book will be from Priscilla?  The publicity tells how,
"Love Me Tender" is now an endearing picture book".....BUT, Elvis Presley's Love
Me Tender has actually been a Children's picture book for the last 14 years.

As shown in the image at the top of this page, this idea from Priscilla is not in the least bit original, a book of the same name "Elvis Presley's Love Me Tender" was first published by  
Harper/Collins on April 15th 2003 and this could well be a coincidence, but both the 2003 and this "new" book have 32 pages.

Below is the description of the original LMT Children's book as found on Amazon.

Elvis Presley's Love Me Tender (2003)
by Elvis Presley (Author), Tom Browning (Illustrator)
Love Me Tender is still one of his most popular. Now paired with Tom Browning's beautifully rendered paintings, these moving lyrics become a testament to the unconditional love
between parent and child. A birthday, a walk in the park, that first tentative bike ride, and other special moments shared between a father and daughter make Elvis Presley's Love
Me Tender an album full of precious memories.

Hardcover: 32 pages
Age Range: 1 and up
Publisher: HarperCollins (April 15, 2003)

Elvis Presley's Love Me Tender (2003)

Elvis Presley's Love Me Tender (2017)

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Priscilla to release a Childen's picture book "Elvis Presley's Love Me Tender" will be released Nov 2017
Image Middle: A Children's picture book "Elvis Presley's Love Me Tender" was released back in 2003. Image Right: The 2017 edition through Priscilla