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Author Sandra Griffie uses bunny book to teach a lesson

March 30, 2013
  • Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., native Sandra Kay Griffie has released a new book, "How Elmer Lost His Hop."
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Name: Sandra Kay Griffie

Age: 51

City in which you reside: Newville, Pa.

Hometown: Shenandoah Junction, W.Va.

Day job: certified nursing assistant

Book title: "How Elmer Lost His Hop"

Genre: Children's

Synopsis of book: During his first day at Bunny Hopping School, Bunny Elmer and his classmates learn why it is wrong to tease another bunny.

Publisher: Tate Publishing

Price: $8.99

 

What inspired the story of "How Elmer Lost His Hop"?

So many kids are suffering from being bullied, so I took one of my personal  experiences from bullies during my childhood and turned it into one with a  very happy ending.



What age group is "Elmer" geared toward?

"How Elmer Lost His Hop" was written for 4- to 8-year-olds, which are perfect ages to start teaching a child that it is wrong to bully someone.



Bullying is the theme of "Elmer." Why was it important to present an anti-bullying story?

 Suicides are happening every day because of bullying. No one should ever be afraid to go to school. I believe bullying should be stopped at day one, from the very first giggle to the first negative comment made to someone. That's all it takes for someone to start bullying; just as soon as they know they have gotten away with the first step, they will continue to bully that person. Parents and teachers need to be alert to signs of bullying.

How do you write, i.e., by hand, by computer, etc.?

I usually write by hand with a pencil because I'm usually changing something. Then I put it on my computer and, while I'm typing, this is when I decide to change something for the final time or to add something.



When you're writing a children's book, is there a special approach you take when telling the story?

 I imagine myself as the character I am writing about. I place myself in their situation by remembering what it felt like and then I decide what would be a good way to fix the problem.



How did you approach the illustrations to "Elmer"?

 I wanted a pretty book and for the illustrations to be able to put a smile on a child's face. 



What is the lesson that you want to teach children with this book?

 If you see someone who is having trouble doing something, don't hurt their feelings by laughing at them or making fun of them. Try to help them instead.

 

Are you working on another writing project?

I started working on a children's book about Halloween.

 

Is your book available in bookstores in our area? Where?

 Yes it is. You can find it at Books A Million in Hagerstown. You can also order a copy from Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com.

— Crystal Schelle, Lifestyle editor


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