kid’s books: spirit and bravery
When you read or create kid’s books do you remember acts of bravery? Don’t you think brave characters are heroes to many of us? I agree with that. Real stories of bravery and spirit are even more remarkable. Let’s consider the story of little Safy’re Terry. She’s an amazing child whose family died in a fire set by an arsonist. She is now being raised by her aunt. Safy’re’s dad, and three young siblings all perished in the fire. Safy’re suffered horrible burns on her face, arms and legs. She has endured many surgeries and infections. Do you know what Safy’re wanted most for Christmas? She asked for enough Christmas cards to fill the stand that her Aunt bought. Her Aunt said, “Don’t get your hopes up, honey because we only get about ten cards a year.” But not this year. The story reached social media and television. She has received hundreds of thousands of cards. Safy’re nearly cries when she sees the mail truck pull up to her house with thousands of cards, specially for her. Her family says:
“She smiles.She plays with her friends. She runs around laughing and joking like any other kid her age. She gets excited about Santa Claus. When a TV reporter puts a microphone under her chin, she enthusiastically, politely, shyly answers their questions. And when the mail truck pulls up with Christmas cards for her special tree, she turns to her aunt and beseeches her not to cry.
People from around the world have responded to Saf’yre with overwhelming generosity, sending her not only Christmas cards, but gifts and money and special messages.” Even celebrities have sent gifts.
“Through her courage, she reminds us that there are other children who have experienced tragedies, other kids who live in poverty and in situations they didn’t create and don’t deserve, and who struggle to make their way. She reminds us there are many other people, adults and children, who need the spirit and generosity she’s awakened in us to help lift them from their circumstances, even if just for a special day.”
You can see what a remarkable, courageous, child Saf’yre is. She has met every challenge with bravery. People around the world have supported her and tried to lift her spirits. She is the perfect example of grace and bravery.
Several of my kid’s books put generosity and caring for others in the spotlight. The first of my kid’s books, Tails of Sweetbrier, is about beating the odds and living your dream. Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes highlights teamwork and helping others. Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog, shows bullies can change, and shows the value of friendship.
Saf’yre, I hope your dreams come true. If anyone in the world deserves them, you do. People everywhere admire your amazing courage in such difficult circumstances. Merry Christmas!
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an update; Saf’yre has received more than 700,000 cards! She’s so excited. Thanks, everyone!
copyright 2015: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne