Animal stories for kids: Risks

If you follow my blog you know I love writing animal stories for kids. All of my books feature animals, and it’s safe to say some characters take risks. In the first of my animal stories for kids, Tails of Sweetbrier, I took a big risk by learning to ride horses. It wasn’t any easy journey, but well worth the effort. In Charlie the Horse, the main character, Charlie, risks everything to work toward his goal.

Have you heard of twelve year-old Cree Ciccino? She’s one of the stars of a hit children’s show called “Game Shakers.”  Her character’s name is Babe. In the story she and her best friend, Kenzie (played by Madison Shipman) the two create a video game app  called Sky Whale. Their invention becomes wildly popular and the girls become very wealthy. Recently, Cree was interviewed for a magazine article. Here are some of her comments;

When asked if she was anything like Babe Cree said:

“I’m like Babe in some ways. We are both New York girls. I’m not as tough as her though. I would like to think that I am as creative and clever as she is, but I’m not as wild.”

Cree was asked if she had a favorite episode. Here’s her answer:

“I love all of the episodes. One of the most memorable shows is the Christmas episode. Whatever you imagine would be weird and crazy and random and hilarious, just times that by ten, and you are still not even there! I cannot wait for people to see this.”

Cree was asked if the show promotes interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). She said it certainly does. She wanted to encourage people who have a passion for those subjects to “Go for it! Take risks. Take chances, but at the same time, be responsible. If it doesn’t work out, there are so many other things you can do.” Isn’t that great advice? She’s only thirteen and she already realizes it’s important to set goals and work hard.

One question Cree was asked was about dreaming  big and never giving up.  She’s in favor of that.  Here’s what she has to say:

“Yeah! It’s not going to be easy. It takes hard work, but once you reach that goal, you will look back and say it was all worth it.”

Cree loves animals, especially horses. She wants to use that passion to help others learn to be kind to animals. She may even write animal stories for kids, or even become a vet. Whether you love writing animal stories for kids, or reading them, you should always pursue your passion, like Cree is doing.

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