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News Dog Has Identity Crisis In New Bernadette Peters Book, Due in May Following the success of her first children's book "Broadway Barks," which landed on the New York Times' best-selling list, two-time Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters has penned a second tome to benefit Broadway Barks, the charitable organization co-founded by Peters and good friend Mary Tyler Moore over a decade ago.

Entitled "Stella Is a Star," the new book, which will be released by Blue Apple Books May 1, features text by Peters and illustrations by Liz Murphy.

"It's about a pit bull, but no one likes her, so she masquerades as a pig of the highest order," Peters recently told "She calls herself 'Princess Pig,'" Peters said with a laugh.

"It's a great story about not judging people from the outside, and not being afraid to accept and love yourself for who you are," Peters added.

The book boasts a CD with an original song, "Stella's Song," written and performed by Peters.

Peters' first book "Broadway Barks," which also featured illustrations by Murphy, was released in late April 2008 on the Blue Apple Books label and also included a CD featuring a reading of the story by Peters and a song ("Kramer's Song") penned by the Tony-winning Annie Get Your Gun and Song & Dance star. The charming children's book is the tale of a down-on-his-luck, yet scrappy dog Kramer. Stella and Kramer are both dogs that were adopted by Peters.

Pre-orders for the new book, priced $12.14, are currently being accepted by visiting

Peters was last on Broadway in the acclaimed revival of Gypsy, for which she received a 2003 Tony Award nomination for her performance as Rose in the Sam Mendes-directed production. She won her two Tonys for her performances in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Song & Dance and Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun, and she has also starred on Broadway in Mack & Mabel, On the Town, Sunday in the Park with George, The Goodbye Girl and the original production of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods. Peters' newest live recording, "Sondheim, Etc., Etc.—Bernadette Peters Live at Carnegie Hall (The Rest of It)," is available on the Angel Records label. Masterworks Broadway has also released a "Legends of Broadway" CD celebrating her theatrical career. Peters' screen credits are numerous.

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