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Children’s Book Promotes Self-Esteem

The first book of a planned series helps children and the young at heart know they are special in their own way.

McIntosh, Florida, USA – WEBWIRE

Children learn the value of self-esteem in Crawford’s delightful debut children’s book.

Rarely do children get books that feature anthropomorphic plants. In aspiring children’s book author Joyce Crawford’s debut “The First Adventures of Thelma Thistle and Her Friends,” the plant kingdom finally gets the chance to display its dramatic potential – and also teach readers a lesson or two on self-esteem.
“The First Adventures of Thelma Thistle and Her Friends” takes place “on the ditch bank of a quiet country road” and features Thelma, a young thistle about four inches tall; her family, which includes her parents, a sister, and her grandfather; and her best friends Beetle and Bunny. A new house construction across the fence catches Thelma’s attention, and upon knowing that they will have new neighbors, she forgets about her two best friends.
A family of four moves to their new home. Thelma spends her time and attention watching the young girl play in the yard, thus distancing herself further from Beetle and Bunny. Thelma tries to make friends with the beautiful and dainty flowers, which the girl’s mother has planted, but they snub her. This makes Thelma become envious of their beauty; she begins to feel sad, lonely and angry.
Find out how envy and a lack of self-esteem almost put Thelma in danger. Know what lessons she learns from her experience. Get a copy of Crawford’s “The First Adventures of Thelma Thistle and Her Friends.”
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The First Adventures of Thelma Thistle and Her Friends
Written by Joyce Crawford
Published by The Vivien Wilhelmina Publishing Company, LLC 
Published date: January 15, 2016
Paperback price: $12 on-line
About the Author
Joyce Crawford grew up in the little southern town of Hawthorne, Florida in the 1950’s. She was blessed by having three generations of loving family nearby. One of her happiest memories was living next door to her great Uncle Delbert in a sweet little white house with green trim located just across the overpass. The author remembers southern charms of cows grazing in orange groves just across the back fence; a bird dog named Major, who took every opportunity to jump in the back of the pick-up-truck if Uncle Delbert happened to go near the shed; mocking birds singing happily in ancient magnolia trees; and the sweetest memory of all, grandma and grandpa’s house in the middle of a pecan grove.

One less than happy memory was hearing yelps of pain from her older brother when he stepped on a prickly pear while mowing the yard (mowing in protest, she might add). How a prickly pear morphed into a sweet little thistle named Thelma is unknown. The author’s first inspiration came from her first grade teacher, a novice teacher named Miss Seltzer. There was an on-going competition among the first-grade girls to see who could run fastest back to the classroom after lunch. The two winners received the coveted nap-time space under the teacher’s desk. The rainbow-colored petty coats were not the only inspiration Miss Seltzer unknowingly bestowed. It was a teacher’s love of the children and love of teaching that left the biggest impression on this little first-grade girl. “Thelma” was thirty years in the making.

The inspiration for “Thelma” came by way of the 1988 comedy movie, “The Funny Farm,” staring Chevy Chase. The author jotted down her initial thoughts but those pages lingered in a box for thirty years next to her son’s first pair of shoes. Once retired, the author again picked up pen to paper and “Thelma” was finally born.

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 First Adventures
 Thelma Thistle
 Her Friends
 Joyce Crawford

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