Contrary to what my profile picture would suggest, I’m not actually made out of construction paper, though I’ve always been drawn to it. My mother was an elementary school teacher in Detroit and then Dearborn Michigan, so maybe that’s when it started, hanging out in her classroom surrounded by kids and all that colored paper.
My life has pretty much always revolved around books. I taught English as a Second Language for about 20 years in Dearborn, Ann Arbor, Boston, and Buenos Aires. Recently I found myself with some time on my hands and started to write down a story that had been rambling around in my head for years. The result is a manuscript for a work that doesn’t seem to fit into any category. It is a children’s book that is written in short episodes to be read at bedtime.
I had two equally important goals. The first was to create a story that would offset the limiting messages that young children receive, girls and boys alike. A story of kindness, respect, and acceptance, that also reinforces the connection we have to each other and a planet in serious need of protection. The second was to foster a love not only of stories, but also the written word, to use language and structures that seem to be disappearing from the lives of many children.
Princess Terra, the construction paper cut out in my profile picture, is young, odd looking, and kind. A new generation of princess. Her story, Princess Terra: Green is the New Pink, holds the underlying belief that all life is connected and should be protected and defended. A story that questions what it means to be a princess and emphasizes the importance of friends. And by the looks of it, it’s going to take a lot of friends for this manuscript to ever see the light of day...
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