Saturday, February 20, 2010

Twelve Holistic Stories for Children

Get all twelve of the holistic stories in The Sid Series ~ A Collection of Holistic Stories for Children as a full-color, 52-page printed book that you can read to your child!

Now available on Amazon.com $15.95

Meditate with Sid’s fairy, face an awesome storm, find the pirate’s treasure, be anything you want as long as you put your love into it, ask your body if its hungry or sleepy, discover a ghost in Sid's closet,mix up a healing potion, notice your friend’s skin, enjoy a puppy's love,learn to recycle and make some old things new, always be honest, and help Sid make room for his baby brother!

During my virtual book tour I visited twenty blogs and posted material as a guest blogger. If you would like to read the articles and interviews, see the video, listen to the audio used on the tour, you may follow the 2009 book tour schedule for The Sid Series!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Reading Material for Baby

My 8-month-old grandson, Liam, chooses his reading material wisely. His favorite is The Sid Series, named for his cousin, Sidney.

Grab your copy at Amazon.com

Monday, February 15, 2010

A Sensitive Way to Deal with a Very Painful Subject

Story title: The Sid Series: Puppy Love --Dealing with the Death of a Pet
Author: Yvonne Perry
ISBN: 9780982572207
Publisher: Write On! (2006)
Available from Amazon at http://tinyurl.com/AmazonSidSeries
Reviewed by Donna B. Russell


How do you help a child deal with the death of a beloved pet when you, yourself, struggle to understand "why"? Yvonne Perry does so with simplicity, sensitivity, and the understanding that children need to be allowed to express their own thoughts and, in doing so, may impart a wisdom of their own.

When the family dog dies of old age, Ran-Ran, Von-Von and grandson Sid must come to terms with their grief. In an atmosphere of safety and acceptance, Von-Von wonders out loud why dogs don't live as long as humans do. Sid's surprising response, and a stray puppy, help them come to terms with their loss and open their hearts to another dog in need of love. Without euphemisms that are confusing to children, Yvonne Perry's tender story takes you through grief to healing, ending on a positive note.

Perry says, "Some people will tell you that dogs and cats don’t have souls so they can’t go to heaven, but I don’t believe that." Anyone who has lived with an animal companion, and taken the time to really understand them, would agree with her. This is one of the best books I've read on the subject of pet loss. I wish something like this had been around when my children were little (for that matter, when I was), as I think it would have made losing our pets easier to bear.

Puppy Love is one in a series of holistic children's books written by Yvonne (Von-Von in the book) for her grandson Sid, who is the main character. It may be written for children, but adults will enjoy it, too. I recommend it as a sensitive way to help children (and adults) deal with a very painful subject.

Yvonne Perry is a freelance writer, editor, award-winning speaker, and owner of Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services in Nashville, TN. She also is host of the Writers in the Sky podcast, which include interviews, seminars, and audio workshops available through iTunes.com and other podcast directories.

Friday, February 12, 2010

I'm Going to Be a Surrogate Grandma!

My beloved teammate, Sarah Moore, has two children: Catherine (4 years) and Ian (7 months). Since Sarah and I have spent time together on our writing projects over the past few years, I'm quite attached to Catherine. Both sets of Catherine's biological grandparents live out of state.

This week I was blessed with the honor of being asked to fill in as Catherine's pretend-like grandma for grandparent's day at her preschool in March, and of course, I gladly agreed.

Looks like I'll be making a classroom visit. I hope I get to share The Sid Series with her classmates. I think I'll print copies of the coloring pages and have the students email or mail them to me for the children's art showcase!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Today is Sidney's Birthday!


February 8, 2001 was a very special day for me, my son, his wife, and many others. It was the day that Sidney was born. Sidney is my first biological grandson and naturally he holds my heart in his hands!

 Sidney is the inspiration behind The Sid Series ~ A Collection of Holistic Stories for Children. I wrote these stories for and about him beginning when he was about three years old.

Last week his mom, Amanda, called me about a school field trip coming soon. Siblings are not allowed to go on the trip and since Sidney now has a 7-month-old baby brother named Jonas ("Making Room for Brother" is one of the stories in the book), I thought Amanda wanted me to keep the baby while she went on the field trip. No, Sidney wants Mom to stay home with Jonas and Von-Von to go on the field trip with him! So I guess I'm going to get to ride a big yellow school bus next month!

Happy Birthday, Sidney!
XXXOOO!

Share the Love and a Cup of Coffee

I want to welcome the WITS Valentine's Blog Chain folks as they stop by for a chat this week.

I put on a pot of fresh coffee for you. I hope you can stay long enough to sit down and enjoy a cup while you read through the posts for my latest book, The Sid Series ~ A Collection of Holistic Stories for Children. All comments and feedback are much appreciated.

If you would like to write a review of one of the stories you see here (look for the list in the left sidebar), please contact me and I'll send you the e-book at no cost.

Yvonne Perry
http://twitter.com/writersinthesky


Sunday, February 7, 2010

Wrapping Children in Angel Love

In the story, “A Ghost In My Closet ~ Communicating With Angels,” Sidney encounters what he thinks is a ghost in his closet. Von-Von affirms the presence of angels in Sid's life and teaches him how to interact with his divine helpers and spirit guides without being afraid. Helps children with intuition or those who see in the spirit to accept this mystical gift.


One of our most important spiritual tasks is to bring up the children of the world to feel safe, happy and confident. Parenting is a spiritual responsibility undertaken specifically by the mother and father but we can all do our part to help children everywhere.

Children are very sensitive and their auras are open to other people's thoughts and feelings. They take everything in. When there is bereavement, divorce or disharmony in the family, children are inevitably upset, whether they show it or not. And there are children without parents or where the parenting is inadequate. Also some children have very disadvantaged backgrounds. When these children are introduced to angels it can give them enormous reassurance and comfort. Angels can help them in many ways. Just knowing of the presence of angels can change their lives.

Karen was a primary school supply teacher, who worked in under privileged areas. Wherever she went she would tell her classes about angels. At one school she had in her class a five year old boy, called Daniel, who came from particularly difficult home circumstances. As usual she told the children about angels. The little boy asked her if he really had an angel because he was no good at school. He wasn't good at reading and he couldn't do sums. She told him that angels don't see whether you can do sums. They only see you as perfect. He looked up at her with big eyes and his face glowed.

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