All Press Releases for April 02, 2017

First Comes Change, Then Comes Growth

New Children's Book Explores Growing Through Challenge, Finding Beauty In The World Around Us

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    Cover Image: Otis Grows
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    Torn between two very different parents, Otis must find a way to grow without losing his heart.
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    With a little help, Otis finds himself changed.
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    Kathryn Hast, Author

    ASHEVILLE, NC, April 02, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- As much as we'd like to, there's no way to completely shield our children from all change, conflict, and grief. The truth is, there's so much beauty in the world often overshadowed by the "scary" that it's more important than ever that we teach our kids how to confidently grow in the face of challenge.

In the beautifully crafted new children's book Otis Grows by Kathryn Hast, we're introduced to young Otis, a red onion who is forced to question his origin and allegiances--given that his mom, a yellow chicken, is part of the Nuh-Uhs, and his dad, a blue flower, stems from the Yes-Chums. Struggling to find answers, Otis runs away, only to encounter more colors and cultures than he could ever imagine. Rooted in the challenges of family conflict, this book still appeals to any child - or adult - who knows that growing up can be tough, that there is "the odor of growing older," but that, ultimately, love and wonder will win.

The author, a mother of (and frequent reader to) two young children has an MFA in writing, and was inspired to create a truly entertaining yet meaningful story that resonates with all families, especially in this time of turbulence. As a "child of divorce," Hast knows that shifts in families can have long-lasting effects on kids and hopes to teach them how to navigate through it, and even see the beauty in it.

"Otis Grows is a kid's book that looks at adult problems. It playfully engages us all to consider: what's tough, what's inherent, but most of all, what's possible," Hast says.

With its bright, whimsical illustrations and lyrical style, Otis Grows touches on:

*The inherent nature of conflict, especially current day: How we can acknowledge and address it

*There's still more good than bad in the world: Why we should delight in it

*Bigger conversations that children and parents can share together about conflict and more

*The importance of reading together as a family

*And much more!

Kathryn Hast has a Master's of Fine Arts degree in writing and a Master's degree in Education. She is from York, Pennsylvania, and she lives in Asheville, North Carolina with her husband and two children. She has one dog named after a Beatles song, and one that barks at the television. Otis Grows is her first published work of fiction, and her next book Batty Betty is forthcoming.

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Otis Grows can be purchased from and Amazon.


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