children’s books: adversity

Do you like reading children’s books about kids who realize their dreams? I love them because you seem to remember those stories, especially if they’re true.  My very first book, Tails of Sweetbrier is about overcoming adversity, against the odds. No one expected me to win the battle, except my family and me. We surprised everyone.

Have you heard about little eight year-old Kayleigh Peterson of New Jersey? She had to win a battle against huge odds. She was born with a rare liver condition and needed a transplant. Now Kayleigh is doing well and she signed a one-day contract with the New York Rangers! That was her dream. Kayleigh loves playing hockey and dancing. One of the highlights of her big day with the Rangers was posing for photos with the team. She’s actually the first female Ranger in 89 years to sign a contract! Isn’t that remarkable?

The Rangers talent scouts   marveled at Kayleigh’s skill. Here’s what they had to say:

“Her speed, skill and courage have impressed Rangers talent evaluators in her various Intro to Hockey lessons over the last two seasons, as well as at her most recent stint at Full Day Hockey Camp.”

Imagine what an inspiration Kayleigh is to other children who must overcome adversity to live their dreams! She may decide to write children’s books when she gets older to share her story with others. She’s a great example of a child who beat the odds and had her dreams come true.

I love writing children’s books with positive messages for children. I might encourage them to do their best, or to persevere. Each one of the children’s books has important things to share with you. Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, and Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog are all children’s books told by the animal characters themselves. I hope you enjoy them.

No matter what you dream about my hope is that you reach for those dreams and never give up until you have met your goals. It’s difficult sometimes because things can be discouraging when they don’t go the way you hope. But if you keep trying, they’re bound to improve. Just like anything else you do. Remember how hard it was the first time you took music lessons, dance lessons, riding lessons, or anything else? I remember Olympic champion figure skater Scott Hamilton saying the first competition he entered, he fell 5 times. But his Mom reassured him there would be many more competitions and things would be getting better from there. Indeed they did! The good thing about challenges is once you overcome them, the victories are so much sweeter!

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copyright Deanie Humphrys-Dunne 2015


Comments & Responses

6 Responses so far.

  1. Truly an inspirational story about little Kayleigh. We forget all of the battles so many children are going through every day in this country.

  2. Sherry Ellis says:

    I admire here courage to follow her dreams in spite of adversity!

    Congratulations on winning Virginia’s book. I believe she’s been in contact with you, but if not, let me know:

  3. Wow! So sorry this little girl had to go through such a tough struggle right from the start, but so glad to hear she overcame it. Very inspirational! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Hi Jess,
      So happy to meet you! Yes, it’s sad Kayleigh had to struggle from the beginning, but now her efforts are paying off. She’s doing well and she’s admired by so many. I hope you visit my blog again. Wishing you many blessings during the Christmas season and always.

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