I feel as though I have written best sellers! I have written two children’s books, Brave Nellie and Lizzie’s Lesson. Brave Nellie’s message is – new things may be scary but if you are willing to try, good things can happen. Lizzie’s message is – to always look for the positive in all situations.
I have had wonderful times sharing both Nellieas and Lizzieâ€™s stories to young and old by visiting schools, civic clubs and retirement communities. I have a slideshow of the dogs and explain how the stories came about. Â Over the past couple of years, people have shared with me how my books have made an impact on a childâ€™s life.
One of my high school classmates gave Brave Nellie to his ill grandson who, at the time, was undergoing medical testing for an unknown condition. After hearing Nellieâ€™s story and while walking into the hospital, for yet another round of tests, he looked at his mom and asked, “Do I have to be brave like Nellie?”
Another lady shared that her disabled son, who was around 40 years old at the time, was able to read Brave Nellie by himself, a first for him. He was facing a major change in his life by moving from the familiarity and comfort of his home to a new environment of a group home. One of the first things that he packed in his suitcase was his book Brave Nellie so he could read it when he felt he needed a reminder that good things do happen when you are brave and willing to try new things.
While living in Johannesburg, South Africa, I met a lady who had started an orphanage. I had brought copies of Brave Nellie with me, some of which I donated to her establishment. Â I, also, enjoyed the opportunity to read Brave Nellie to the children. Later, my friend shared a video of all the children reciting Nellieâ€™s message â€œWhat to do? What to do? All so scary, all so new! But I must try each day to be brave and everything will be OK!â€ It was adorable!
After we left, Johannesburg, my friend shared that one of the little boys had been adopted by a family in Nebraska. As a memento of his time at the orphanage, he was offered to choose an item. He chose my book Brave Nellie!
Lizzieâ€™s Lesson has been given to people young and old who are facing challenging times. One lady bought it as a gift for her friends who recently had given birth to twin boys but only one had survived. It is difficult to imagine that something good can come from such a tragedy but I truly believe that difficult times help us to learn and grow. I do hope that they found some comfort in Lizzieâ€™s message.
Another fan is a little girl had recently been removed from her motherâ€™s home and placed with her father to live – a sad and difficult situation for any child to go through. Lizzieâ€™s Lesson is her favorite bedtime story. Â â€œWhen things change and I feel sad, I will always remember good comes from bad.â€Â I am hoping Lizzieâ€™s message will give her comfort when she needs it most.
As I shared earlier, my books are not on any best sellerâ€™s list but from the feedback I have received, I feel as though I have written â€œbest sellers.â€ If you have one of my books and are willing to share with me how they have helped you or a loved one, I would love to hear your story!
My third book is currently being edited and illustrated. It is about a cute French Bulldog, who has been in my life. His message to children is â€œyou are awesome for just being yourself.â€ Look for the release sometime next year!
I welcome any opportunity to share my books and slide show to groups of all ages. Â If you are interested in having me visit your establishment, Â you may contact me at email@example.com.
I wish you blessingsâ€¦â€¦