“PUTTING MY PEN TO PAPER”
By Helen Hipp
I have always found writing difficult and after years of producing numerous college papers, I felt exhausted. It came as a huge surprise that writing would eventually become a cathartic and enjoyable experience for me. I found myself preoccupied with a story that was stuck in my head about my family’s own experience while on safari in Africa. But my thoughts were not the same as sitting down to write, although they were the spark!
Inspired, I decided to share the story with the world by weaving it into a children’s adventure book that celebrates differences – a desire that drove me to create, as I knew that the real-life lessons learned by my son were both significant and relatable to other children with special needs and their parents. Clearly, the motivation behind my writing had clearly shifted. Putting pen to paper no longer feels like work or something I have to trudge through. Instead, it is a passion fueled with purpose.
What made the difference? For me it was, and still is, a meaningful creative process that allows for my enthusiasm, imagination, expression and creativity to unfold in its own time.
What motivates you to pursue your dreams?
What sparks creativity in you?
Are you meant to be a writer?
Rosie and Friends Positively Different Synopsis:
Rosie the Pink Hippo asks readers “What advice would you give your friends who want to feel better about themselves” in this adventure book to help readers see that being different can be positive. Join Rosie the Pink Hippo, Olivia the Ostrich, and many others in this educational and eye-opening 28-page illustrated children’s book, Rosie and Friends Positively Different, a creative and fun teaching tool intended for parents, caregivers, teachers, and children who may have felt at some point in their life that they were different from their peers.
Rosie and Friends Review
Rosie and Friends is a book that teaches kids to look at the world through a different lens, from the very first pages. It teaches them that it’s okay to be different. It’s okay to stand out. Kids face too much pressure from their peers and society, in general, to conform. There are certain standards of beauty and behavior that are completely ridiculous that we can’t shield them from. We need more books like this which make it abundantly clear that being different is fine.
Rosie and Friends picture book perfect for parents to read with their children, or kids to read on their own. Simple words and cute illustrations make this an age-appropriate and inviting read. It has a section at the end for kids to fill out to celebrate their differences and provides several talking points for parents throughout.
Rating: 4 out of 5