Happy New Year. A lot of exciting things are happening in 2015. I am finishing up a new book, When You Pass Through the Waters, I starting this blog and I am working on a new website. Visit my website soon to learn about my children’s books and my poetry books.
In her new illustrated children’s book If I Were President, author Leila Leidtke draws inspiration from her grandchildren in a fun and rhyming story of a young boy who dreams of being the President of the United States. His adventures include a round trip ride from London to Scotland, an outer space walk, riding a camel in the circus and giving each family some kind of an animal. He is accompanied by his faithful yellow labrador and shadowed by a secret service man in sunglasses. The author’s intention is to encourage children to dream about their future and overcome obstacles to reach their goals.
This is a children’s story teaching two important lessons: Look before you leap and haste makes waste. The characters: Freddy, Harry and Larry are three little pigs in the jungle and Old Uncle Boar is their instructor. Freddy is fearful, Harry is in a hurry and Larry is a listener. They are confronted with various jungle enemies and react according to their natures. At the end, Larry calls for help and is surrounded with pigs that help him chase away a threatening tiger. The images are wonderful, showing the pigs’ expressions of fear, panic, sadness and victory according to each part of the story. All readers may be reminded to listen and not be a “pig in a panic.”