Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Compassion for Kids

My internet friend, Nicole Weaver, recently sent me a pdf of her book, My Birthday is September Eleven and other short stories. It is about children who must deal with serious problems like natural disasters and prejudice and some of their stories are heart wrenching. While the book is fiction, I know a lot of it is based on things the author and people close to her have actually experienced.
But every story has a positive ending and the book will inspire readers to reach out and help others, as characters in the stories did.
While some children may find the stories disturbing, that's not necessarily a bad thing because it will help them develop compassion for others. There is a "bad word" in one story but it's included because it shows what the main character must deal with.
People anywhere from grade school through adulthood who read this book are likely to be inspired to make a difference in the world.


Bill Kirk said...

Nice review, Jan. Sounds like the book is a much needed addition to the literature, written at a child's level, on how kids deal with life's unexpected blows.

EmmaGlover said...

Jan,good review thanks for sharing.
Nicole, the book sounds like a "must" read :)

Unknown said...

This was such a global event, and we're still reeling from it on so many levels. Very worthwhile topic and needed as well!

Kudos to all involved.

Janet Ann Collins said...

Thanks for the comments.

Nicole weaver said...

Hi Jan,

Thanks so much for posting this review. I appreciate the great support. I have experienced my share of very bad situations. Yet, with God's help I was able to turn many negatives into positives. I have also seen what many of my students go through. I wanted to write my stories to show no matter what, we can prevail. Believe it or not "The bad word" in my story is what my earthly father once called me. I never forgot it, but I made sure to apply myself in school to prove him wrong. Many of my students go through much more detrimental situations than I did. It is in that spirit I wrote my stories so they know YES! they can
prevail. I'll get off my soap box. Thanks again for taking the time to review my stories.
Nicole Weaver
Trilingual Children's Author

Janet Ann Collins said...

Good for you, Nicole. I'm proud to know you.

Cheryl said...

I have this book to read too. I can't wait. I'm glad Nicole decided to tackle this issue.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Janet Ann Collins said...

Cheryl, I'm sure you'll be glad you read the book.

Nicole weaver said...

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to leave comments. I appreciate you all.

God's abundant blessings to you all!

Nicole Weaver
Trilingual Children's Author

BarbaraB said...

Thanks Janet Ann, for this overview of Nicole's book.
Nicole, this was not just an American problem, but affected kids born on this day in many place. Thanks.

Janet Ann Collins said...

Thank you, Barbara.