I have been asked where the seed of this story came from. It came out of a story from the Holocaust, and also from being in an earthen storage space in the dark, with a young child in the mountains.
As a lifelong educator, helping children develop resilience in the face of life changes and deep fears, and to find the light inside them that nothing can put out is part of my work. I added original modern and abstract art from several people, to encourage deeper thinking and reflection on the ideas being read. It’s my hope that parents, teachers, relatives, and friends, who share this story with young children, will also share some of their own stories and thus expand the narrative ever wider. Please let me know how you enjoy the book and how you’re using it. For example, is it a bedtime book? Do you use the colored icons and the pictures in a special way as the reading progresses? Is the audio used? Do you prefer reading the story aloud yourself? Do you use the ideas at the end of the book for expanding the experience?