I just published my first book, a children’s book containing 25 animal short stories for ages 6 and up, this December 3rd, 2014. I am super excited and can’t wait to start donating money to WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) in the name of this book.
I decided to donate $2.50 to WWF for every book sold through the CreateSpace website between December 3rd and December 10th, 2014! It’s in the spirit of the book and it feels great. Furthermore, parents will be able to tell their children that their book helps nature and are therefore setting a good example. And for December 11 until December 16th 2014, I am donating $5 to WWF for every book sold!
The book contains a foreword from both the animal kingdom and the author and a lesson summary of all the things that can be learned from the stories. It may not be a school book, but I felt it was right to make sure something can be learned from each and every story. I feel kids love entertainment, but are open to education as well; especially if you present it to them in the right way.
The book can be purchased at: https://www.createspace.com/5105096
The Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/animalshortstoriesfortheheartandmind
I started writing the short stories for my wife, Stephanie, back in 2013. I had 9 stories in total by Valentine’s Day and I had written 16 more by her birthday and made pencil drawings for all the stories. It seemed perfect to make into a book, so I colored the drawings in digitally with GIMP 2.8 and made a lesson summary. I made the front cover about a week before launch and did all editing, proof-reading etc. myself, which was a lot of work, but definitely worth it.
But enough talk about the book; it’s time to give you a little sneak-peek! Here’s my favorite stories, followed by 3 samples from the lesson summary:
A bunny lived in a backyard in a rabbit-cage, all alone. A boy would come to see her daily and greet her in a cheery tone. She had much love in her heart so small, she could not keep it in at all. So one day when she walked freely in the garden, she went on a trip to share the love she had.
She hopped into a nearby forest, knowing there were animals to hug. But whenever she’d come near them, their shoulders they would shrug. Her love they did not accept, but she’d still give them a warm embrace. She knew that in that special place, of love, there still had to be a trace. And thus she shared all that she had within.
Having hugged every animal in the forest, she decided to go into town. Little could this bunny have even known, that she was going to be in for a big letdown. That day, she heard the birds, but they didn’t come to greet her on the ground. The cats too said neither ‘hi’, nor ‘goodbye’ and this her did astound. And while she knew a dog that would always hug her, the ones she met didn’t even turn their heads. Even children didn’t touch her fur. They would only point at her, not recognizing the love she spreads.
“The world needs love!”, she screamed out loud, but the world wouldn’t listen to her shout. In disappointment, she wanted to go home, but she had forgotten the way back. “Help me!”, her heart screamed out to someone she’d later meet; someone for whom her heart would forever beat. She recalled a lighthouse she had seen once in a beautiful dream. She saw it and approached it, for a good idea this sure did seem; after all, this is where she was once saved by her soul mate.
At the beach she then arrived, where her heart would be revived. She sat down and stared attentively at the sea. She had dreamed of this miraculous place, but why could this be? She tried to figure it out and then came a monkey. She noticed him and she could tell something about him made her feel well. She said ‘hi’ and into his eyes she gazed. For some reason, by him she was amazed. She asked for a hug and got magic in return.
Both the monkey and the bunny felt an incredible wave of love in their hearts. They now knew they had known each other in a previous life. “You”, the monkey thought, “I want to make you my wife!” And the bunny, she felt the same. They both felt the burning flame; the warmth of love in their hearts. And so, “I think I love you”, the monkey said, afraid she didn’t feel the same. But she sure did and they stayed at the beach for hours, which seemed to them like mere minutes.
“You and I, we’re not the same”, the bunny remarked. “Well, does it matter?”, the monkey asked. The bunny replied, “No it doesn’t, for we have love, but what if there’s a monkey waiting for you?” “There isn’t”, answered the monkey, “there isn’t one for me in the woods.” “Then promise me you’ll stay with me”, the bunny said and this the monkey did.
“I am lost, though, and I need to find my home”, the bunny stated. Then the monkey answered, “Do you see that light coming from the lighthouse, Bunny? That will lead us back home.” “You’re right, Monkey!”, she exclaimed, “I could see it from my house.”
Now reunited in this life, these soul mates were together and went home; happily ever after.
No matter how much you have and how good people are to you, if you don’t appreciate things, nothing will make you happy. Appreciating the big things is easy, but it is only when you embrace the small, everyday things, that you’ll find it a breeze to stay happy. The ultimate form of appreciation is that for simply being alive. Every breath you take can bring happiness into your life.
Growing up, you may be bullied for who you are, but don’t let this discourage you from following your dreams. Bullies are never truly happy and often bully you for having something they don’t have, which can be a feeling, skill, friendship, love or possession. Don’t let them take anything away from you and try not to let them get to you. Ask others to be there for you, but most importantly, stay who you are.
The Dolphin, The Mole, The Chicken
We all have dreams we want to chase. You may have wild fantasies or just a small, realistic wish. Whatever your dream is, if chasing it makes you happy, then do it. Some wild dreams will come true, while others may not. Unless you try to achieve your goals, you will never know. And if you can’t get what you wish, you learn from trying to get it.
The book is available now for $14.95 and $2.50 of that will be donated to WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) per book sold between December 3rd and December 10th if you buy it here:
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