Written by Clara Bowman-Jahn & Susan April Elwood
Illustrated by Lynne Bendoly
Published by eTreasure Publishing, April 26th, 2014
I am delighted to be the first stop in Clara Bowman-Jahn and Susan April Elwood’s blog tour for their newly released book. The question I asked is one very close to my heart, as my blog followers will recognize, and, I am sure, empathize with.
This our first post in our blog tour for our new book, EDMUND PICKLE CHIN, A DONKEY RESCUE STORY. Hello! We are so glad you are joining us. We are starting with a most serious topic. We hope you will stay with us for the tour because it gets more fun as the tour goes on. You’ll also be able to win prizes so stay tuned and we’ll tell you how.
Today’s topic may be a little more serious than usual perhaps, but we thank Joanna for the opportunity to bring it out in the open. She asks how we hope the book will spread the word of mistreatment of animals.
It’s is a shame that there is such a thing as animal and child abuse…BUT it is a reality.
Joanna asked what we hoped to accomplish as far as, raising awareness of mistreated animals and in terms of kids learning how to treat animals with respect and kindness. These two things more less go hand in hand for Edmund Pickle, A Donkey Rescue Story. For it is through the book itself that we hope children will see our main character Susan, who is portrayed as a child herself, takes on the care of this mistreated donkey. Hopefully it will show children that it is not only adults that can make a difference. With luck they will take the message to heart and take better care for their own pets at home
By going into the classroom and sharing Edmund’s story Clara and I hope to impress upon young children that all creatures deserve respect and compassion. What a better way to teach children about a situation as serious as this, then through a delightfully illustrated picture book. We are fortunate to be able to go into classrooms and spread the word! Being we are long distance co-authors we will reach even more children, with Clara in Virginia and me in Georgia.
Even after we have left the classroom we hope the teacher’s will reinforce our message by use of hand outs, coloring pictures or a pledge for the children to sign, stating they will never mistreat animals and be an ambassador for animals as Edmund is on the farm! This would include them telling an adult if they see any critter being mistreated, always making sure their own pets are cared for by not only having food but fresh water, and exercise and never chaining their dog or leaving a pet without shelter.
Ironically Michael Vick was born and raised in Virginia, Clara’s state, and played for the Atlanta Falcons here in Georgia near me. With people in the public eye/ role models committing horrible acts against animals, it makes it even harder for us to show children that just because someone is famous or popular doesn’t make an act right and that there are consequences for those acts.
There are links to the nonprofit farm, both facebook and the website printed right on the book so that a parent or teacher can further look into the rescue/sanctuary and contact me if they so desire to help educate that abuse are not acceptable.
If we take time to teach the younger generations then maybe there is hope for this grim topic.
- For more information on our book please visit our face book page Edmund Pickle Chin a Donkey Rescue Story.
- For more information on Evermay Farm please visit www.evermayfarm.org or visit the Farm’s face book page “Evermay Farm”.
Clara and I thank you for your taking the time to read this blog post; we’d love to hear from you! What are your thoughts on animal abuse and mistreatment? Do you think there should be more books out there like this one that reflects proper care of animals?
Susan April Elwood co-author Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story.
Susan April Elwood has worked with children for over twenty years in Northern Virginia as a preschool teacher, kindergarten assistant, and a library assistant. With her passion for animals it made perfect sense to combine the two and write an animal story for children, teaming up with author Clara Bowman-Jahn.
Susan and her husband Tom moved from Northern Virginia in 2007 to central Georgia where they founded Evermay Farm, a non-profit rescue for farm animals. This is the setting for the book titled, Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story. The story is based on Edmund a donkey, the first of many animals to call Evermay Farm home. Susan and her husband Tom have two treasured sons, a wonderful daughter-in-law and a precious grandson. In her free time, Susan enjoys photographing animals and antiquing. www.evermayfarm.org
Clara Bowman-Jahn worked as a registered nurse for thirty two years finally trading that job for her true love, writing. Clara’s short stories have been published in three anthologies, Campaigner Challenges 2011, The ‘I’ Word and Charms Vol. 2. She is also the author of Annie’s Special Day a children’s picture book. Her second picture book, a true story, called Edmund Pickle Chin, a Donkey Rescue Story, is coming out spring 2014 also by eTreasurespublishing.
When Clara is not writing, she volunteers by teaching ESOL to adult students. She also likes taking long walks with her husband, Pilates, blogging, and reading books. She is a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Julie Hedlunds Picture Book Challenge 12×12, Susanna Leonard Hill’s Making Picture Book Magic; Pennwriters, Bethesda Writer’s Center and Round Hill Writer’s Group. She lives in rural Loudoun County, Virginia with her brilliant husband, and two cats. She is the proud mother of two wonderful grown sons and a grandmother to a delightful grandson.
Thanks so much for reading Friends! For all friends of Edmund are my friends. Below please find our links and the tour. Read every post, follow the blog and comment for prizes. The reader who follows each blog and comments on each stop of the tour will get first prize. And if there are many winners, hurray!! We will deliver!
First prize is a print book of both Annie’s Special Day and Edmund Pickle Chin. Second prize is either a print copy of Edmund or of Annie, you get to pick and finally third prize is a copy of the ebook of Edmund Pickle Chin, a Donkey Rescue Story.
BLOG TOUR DATES May 26 / animal abuse and mistreatment Joanna –www.joannamarple.com
May 29/ author collaboration Stacy – http://www.stacysjensen.com
May 30/ PPBF and review Vivian – http://viviankirkfield.com/
June 2/ author interview Erik – www.ThisKidReviewsBooks.com
June 4/ Edmund interview Patricia – http://childrensbooksheal.com
June 9 /teacher info and guide Susanna – http://susannahill.blogspot.com