Sunday, February 23, 2014

Hot Springs Sentinel Record--February 22, 2014

New book for young children explains death in unconventional way



    Author Linda Pennington Black, of Hot Springs Village, has penned a new book to help adults explain death to young children.
    In “My Daddy is a Star,” a mother incorporates nature into her explanation of death to her young daughter, who can’t understand why her father was taken away.
    Zaliyah, a young girl, struggles to understand why her dad was taken from her so soon and so suddenly and turns to her mother for answers and consolation.
    Not knowing exactly how to explain death to a 6-yearold, her mother tells Zaliyah a story her mom once told her about the stars and angels to somehow make her understand about her dad. This unorthodox approach to an explanation is tailored for the young and seasoned.
    The author’s greatest passion and inspiration is writing for children. She is an award-winning poet and author of “The Adventures of Boots: The Giant Snowball,” an award-winner, “A Porpoise for Cara,” and “S.T.O.P. Bullying.”
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