It’s Just a Kid’s Story, Right?

Or is it?

Fables, myths, and tales of adventure have held a power to remind us of the human condition. For more than a thousand years, across lands and cultures, they’ve evoked in us our universal questions, our sacred selves and an enduring power to prevail during the toughest of times.

Children’s stories hold a special value, often in their simplicity. And when we read them to our children, the doors to our our own imaginations open.

During these times of uncertainty we all need to be held and reminded in such ways. Not just children. Because we’re never too old.

— ‘These creatures weren’t really so terrible or large, but they seemed so. At times such monsters came in the form of the voices of others, such as the crafty fox when he made fun of them and “the very idea that a turtle and bear cub could do something important.” Or the serpent that rose up from the lake. He’d hissed at them, “You are only fooling yourselves. …

…And when they got closer to him at the lake shore, a voice rose up from below the surface. “Your so-called light and power are illusions. They’re made up and fake. Who are you, to think you are so important?”

An excerpt from my new book “A Light Within My Dyslexia

Give a gift for a child you love, even if it’s yourself.

-Praise for “A Light Within My Dyslexia” An Adventure Tale

“I was really touched by this book, and the illustrations are absolutely beautiful! It carries a powerful message for children who struggle with all the ‘rocks’ that might stand in the way of their dreams. As a child growing up with learning differences, I knew I was different, but I didn’t really understand how or why. It just felt sad not to be understood when I was trying so hard. Sam, Fred, Beaver, and Sherry offer children a way to see themselves differently. This story helps them appreciate their own talents — even when those talents are not the ones that their teachers or classmates expect them to have. Now, as the mother of a five-year-old who’s just starting school, one of the things that I worry about is helping my own son. I want him to appreciate that challenges don’t mean we’re not good enough; rather, they can be opportunities to make us stronger. I look forward to sharing Beaver and Sherry’s adventures with him!

— Stephanie Stuart, PhD , UC Berkely, BA, Harvard University. — Senior Project Officer and Chief Science Officer, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

“I related to Beaver because I understand feeling scrambled in class & the stress that makes it harder to concentrate — especially when trying to read out loud. I know all about feeling that others get impatient. But this book reminded me about my strengths, like helping others.”

— Jaret Lorimor, student, age 13

Eductional and Learning Consultant specializing in Dyslexia. Currently Adventure-working, exploring life in Cuenca, Ecuador. http://www.ldresources.org

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