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.
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
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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