A Child’s Healing Journey

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New children’s picture book captures a child’s quest to know a missing parent

Self-publishing company Xlibris announces the release of Melissa's Magic Ride by psychologist, Dr. Laura Slap-Shelton. Dr. Slap-Shelton’s captivating story of outward adventure and inward journey combines personal experience and professional knowledge to create a story that children everywhere can embrace as their own.

Readers are introduced to eight-year-old Melissa whose father died when she was very young. Assigned to tell her class about her father, she confronts her sadness at not being able to remember him. Looking at photo albums and hearing stories about him helps but does not give her the deep sense of personal connection she craves. With her report due the next day she goes to bed hoping to somehow meet her father. The adventure begins as Melissa wakes to find her bed flying through the night sky to new worlds and the meeting she has been wishing for. The next morning something makes her wonder if it was all a dream.

Beautiful hand painted watercolor scenes carry the reader from familiar home through brilliant skies and foggy seas, as Melissa experiences the multi- colored landscapes of her dream. Readers young and old will be transfixed as they follow her journey to the heart of her relationship with her father. Melissa's Magic Ride will be especially helpful for children coping with the loss of or separation from an important loved one but is a story which can be enjoyed by all. For more information, log on to Xlibris.com.

About the Author
Dr. Laura Slap-Shelton is a psychologist and writer who has published children’s books and professional articles as well as co-authored a book on psychoanalytic theory. In Melissa’s Magic Ride Dr. Slap-Shelton combines her personal knowledge of the experiences of her daughter who was 13 months when she lost her father with her professional understanding of children and grief. Written originally as a story for her daughter she has expanded it to reflect the wishes and needs of children who may be missing a parent for any number of reasons. Dr. Slap-Shelton is the creator of GriefandRenewal.Com a resource for the bereaved, and works to help widows in developing countries in addition to maintaining her full time practice of pediatric neuropsychology. She lives in Maine with her husband and daughter.

Melissa's Magic Ride * by Dr. Laura Slap-Shelton
Publication Date: March 12, 2010
Picture Book; $15.99; 24 pages; ISBN 978-1-4415-4579-4
Picture Book Hardcover; $25.99; 24 pages; ISBN 978-1-4415-4580-0

Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7479. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (610) 915-0294 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7876.

For more information on self-publishing or marketing with Xlibris, visit Xlibris.com. To receive a free publishing guide, please call (888) 795-4274.

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