PRESS RELEASE, December 2011
Be Proud- a new children's book on honesty and growing from your mistakes.
Boy learns the difference between right and wrong and how to make positive choices thanks to a benevolent old tree in this engaging story for young children.
When a little boy takes his handheld game player outside - even though his mom told him not to - he is not prepared for what happens next. Settling down behind an oak tree for a secret game, the boy is startled when the ancient tree begins to talk. He listens intently as the tree lovingly explains how she has watched him grow up, just like she watched his father before him.
The tree shares a story about the boy's father when he was young, which helps the boy realize that even if you don't get caught in a misdeed, your heart always knows the truth. With her story, the tree helps the boy to understand what his conscience is and guides him towards making better choices, next time around. When the boy feels badly for having made the mistake in the first place, the tree encourages him to see that learning from your mistakes is all a part of growing into the person you want to be. In the end, the boy's confidence soars and he feels very proud of himself for making an honest choice.
Be Proud is a gentle conversation piece between an innocent little boy and a wise old tree, which conveys important life lessons, reinforces morals, and builds good character. Contemplative and encouraging in tone, Be Proud allows children to read and digest significant ideas about personal development in their own time and at their own pace, something which author Colleen Doyle Bryant feels is especially important in today's rapid-fire world. Positive character traits - such as honesty, responsibility, respect, self-control and forgiveness – are presented in characters and situations children can identify with, helping them truly comprehend these complex concepts.
Colleen, herself a mom of four children, hopes that the book and accompanying website will inspire discussion, helping parents, grandparents, guardians, teachers and kids to approach the challenges of growing up in a positive way.
Be Proud, the first book in a planned series of educational stories for children entitled, Talking with Trees, is beautifully illustrated by artist Manuela Soriani with images that eloquently convey the emotions that often accompany these challenging situations. With clear character building themes, Be Proud will also complement a character education curriculum.
Be Proud (published by LoveWell Press, 2011, RRP $9.99) is available in print and as an interactive ebook. It is available online and can be ordered from all good book stores. For more information please visit www.talkingtreebooks.com and the Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/talkingwithtrees.
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About the author
Colleen Doyle Bryant is a graduate of Duke University and holds a BA in Sociology. She worked in marketing communications before becoming a freelance writer in 2002. When her husband, Gregory was posted to China in 2009, the family moved to Beijing. Colleen began volunteering at Hope Foster Home, an organization which helps orphaned children to access medical care. Moved by her experiences in China, Colleen wrote Super Easy Storytelling with her then seven year old daughter, Cole, the proceeds of which help orphaned children. Colleen Doyle Bryant, her husband, Gregory, her step-children and her children ages 16-5, live in California.
About the Illustrator
Manuela Soriani lives in the same small town in northern Italy where she was born in 1979, among the heats in summer and fogs in winter, near the river Po.
Manuela studied to become an accountant, but Art asked to be part of her life. So she answered the call, found a teacher (and later, friend), and became an artist.
After six years in comic books, Manuela began creating both traditional paper books and animated apps for electronic devices. She uses cutting edge technology to deliver the softest and most brilliant artworks she can, for projects all over the world. Manuela always tries to achieve the best balance between fantastic and realistic in every work, carefully researching how things work and adding details to make her illustrations full of life.
She loves cats (she has two), the colors pink and orange, cooking, salsa dancing, tabletop and roleplaying games, videogames, and all forms of art.