Kid’s chapter book: Be positive

When I write a kid’s chapter book  I love for it to share positive messages. I think having a cheerful attitude helps carry you through difficult times. Fourteen year-old Zoe Butchen has already learned how important such an attitude is. Zoe’s dad, Jeff, was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. But instead of moping around feeling depressed Zoe and her family were determined to make the situation positive. Zoe had a vision. She wanted to “Make lemonade out of lemons,” as her dad said. She decided to make a difference for her dad and others who have Parkinson’s Disease. What was her plan?

Zoe said she already enjoys being involved raising money for Cancer research through “Relay for Life.’  She lives in Ridgefield, CT and wants to spread the news all over the country. Here’s how Zoe explains her plan.

“Mayor Rudy Marconi has agreed to shut down Main Street from 8:30 to 10:30 on November 22; that’s a Saturday morning and hopefully there’s going to be a ton of people on Main Street dancing and shaking to the Taylor Swift son, “Shake It Off,” said Zoe Butchen. “There’s going to be news crews and 98 Q is going to be there. It’s hopefully going to be a really big turn out to spread the word.”

Hats off to Zoe for taking action to raise awareness for Parkinson’s Disease. She’s an amazing young lady with a wonderful attitude. You can see she has her dad’s great attitude about their circumstance. He said  the blessings he has in his life far outweigh the bad things. Zoe could even write about her experience in a  kid’s chapter book of her own if she wants to follow that path.

If you’re looking for a kid’s chapter book with heartwarming messages highlighting sharing your talents to help others, you might consider my book Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes. Charlene and her animal friends solve problems together. They definitely find ways to brighten the lives of their friends and make some surprising discoveries along the way. I hope this story becomes a favorite kid’s chapter book of yours.

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Copyright Deanie Humphrys-Dunne 2014



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