This book is based on the true story of Natasha, a beautiful little girl with Down syndrome who lives in an orphanage in Russia, and the American family who hopes to adopt her. It is the story of a very special Christmas wish, and the strength of a mother's love. Proceeds from sales will benefit Downside Up, a Russian organization dedicated to helping families to care for children with Down syndrome. Additional proceeds will be donated to a fund to support Natasha's continued care.
The world can be a violent place. Although you try to shelter your children, terrible things can happen at any moment. As a parent, you want to protect them, but this isn’t always possible. The best thing you can do for your children is make sure you are prepared to help them after a sudden death or other traumatic experience.
Where Did My Friend Go? was written by clinical psychologist and child-development specialist Azmaira H. Maker, PhD, to help adults discuss a traumatic death and bereavement with children ages three to eight years old. Children will read along as the protagonist talks about the sudden loss of a friend and asks adults important questions about dying, grief, and safety.
Dr. Maker has spent her career working with children and families. She understands how witnessing—or even simply hearing about—a violent and sudden death can leave children traumatized, frightened, and confused. Dr. Maker’s new picture book allows children to cope with their feelings and questions in a calm and nurturing context.
The book includes a guide for adults and a list of discussion questions to help children and adults talk honestly about the difficult emotions that arise after the sudden loss of a loved one. Through conversations, pictures, sculpture, playacting, and more, children can share their fears, learn how to cope, and receive appropriate reassurance about their own safety.
Texas Farm Girl takes a trip with PawPaw to Global Blue Technologies shrimp farm in Taft, Texas. As she tours the farm, she is excited to find out how the farm is making an impact on the world with the environmentally friendly way they are raising shrimp. Texas Farm Girl is inspired to learn the life lesson of how striving to make a little difference can make a big impact in the world.
Andi was a spunky and playful Yorkie whom Rae adopted from a rescue organization. Picky about her toys, Andi delighted in sorting through her toy basket, squeaking and tossing toys until she found the one with the sound she loved to hear. This book was inspired by Rae’s observations of Andi. Readers are invited to join Andi as she sorts through her basket to find the perfect toy!