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Are Friends Important? Dr. Poppy Shows Why in Children’s Book Story

Dr. Poppy’s book charms readers with a story about friendship.


“Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.” - Tennessee Williams

Dr. Rev. William D. Bender, also known as “Dr. Poppy,” tells a tale about making friends in the enchanting children’s book “Gilbert the Green-Eyed Rabbit.”

“Gilbert the Green-Eyed Rabbit” is a story about a young rabbit venturing into the meadows near his home, where he meets new creatures and learns to make new friends without judgment or bias. The author unfolded a lovely story plot that can easily capture and engage the attention of its young readers. The added benefit the author puts into the story is that it helps promote the significance of having friends, especially without prejudice.

Making friends is an essential skill that a child needs to develop. Having this kind of companionship enhances a kid’s literacy and social skills, bolsters their confidence, and increases their sense of belonging and purpose in life. Once the child grows into an adult, they’ll find that friendship becomes a life skill that will help them overcome challenges, cope with traumas, or any social or emotional difficulties they will face later in life.

The author emphasizes these benefits in “Gilbert the Green-Eyed Rabbit.”

William Bender, a retired veteran, has served the US Army Military Intelligence and Reserves for 25 years and has traveled the world, where he gained insights into other different cultures. The eldest of seven children, William has been married to his high school sweetheart, Dawn, for over 52 years. The couple has three grown children, eight grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. William is also an associate pastor of Oakwood Church in Ocala, Florida.

Teach kids to make friends and value their friendship. Order now Dr. Poppy’s “Gilbert the Green-Eyed Rabbit” on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

“Gilbert the Green-Eyed Rabbit”
Author | William David Bender “Dr. Poppy”
Published date | April 10, 2022
Publisher | Xulon Press
Book Genre | Children’s Book

Author Bio

Dr. Rev. William D. Bender is an associate pastor of Oakwood Church, Ocala, Florida, and is a retired veteran, having served at the US Army Military Intelligence for 25 years. William is the oldest of seven children, married to his high school sweetheart, Dawn, and has three grown children. The couple has eight grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

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