Sunday, June 22, 2014

Seamore the Starfish

When I found out that a good friend of mine, Kristyn,  had written a book, I logged right on to Amazon and ordered it! I realize I don't have children, but how could I not support my friend?! Plus, the illustrations, and the meaning behind the book were incredible, and I knew it'd fit perfect in my library - and eventually my child's library. She used a website called CreateSpace, and was able to find an illustrator who brought her words to life.

When I received it, I was blown away not only by the colors that popped on the front cover, but by the moral of the story. This book is about a starfish who feels as if he doesn't fit in, but he realizes with a little encouragement, he can do anything he sets his mind to. It's a children's book that is purely about being uncomfortable in your skin, not being yourself, and being afraid of trying new things. It gives children the courage, determination, and motivation to be themselves and try things even if they fail.

From the website Seamore the Starfish:

"Seamore the Starfish is about a quiet little starfish worried about how he looks and about trying new things. He learns that with courage and confidence he can do anything he desires! Does he join the football team? Read on to find out about Seamore’s adventure with his friends, Rayna and Eli.

This children’s book is directed at children in grades Kindergarten through second grade, ages 4-9. Seamore’s message is one of being confident and not being afraid to try new things. It can be used in anti-bullying lessons as well, and guidance counselors will find it useful in their lessons of being proud of who you are and being comfortable in your own skin."

Kristyn is a first grade teacher and reading specialist, so she understands how important it is for children to read, as well as gain self-esteem as they grow. She is inspired by the beach and sea, which is where she got the inspiration to write this book! In DR and Costa Rica, divers found a starfish and let Kristyn play with it, from there her love for starfish only grew!

I was able to win another book on her blog - Creative with Kristyn - and she signed it for me. I knew I didn't need two books, so I gifted the unsigned one to my friend who just had a baby! She was so happy when she received it, mentioning how much she loved the colors and how vibrant they are, perfect to grab the attention of a baby. Instilling these lessons in our young ones is so important, and why not start early?

If you'd like to purchase this book check out Amazon - she has both the paperback and the Kindle version available!

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