Teaching Acceptance is Goal of Robin Taylor-Chiarello’s Children’s Book on Diversity

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Based on her own experience with children and diversity, Robin Taylor-Chiarello received inspiration for “The Blue Lobster,” a story about being different, from a rare blue lobster caught off the U.S. coast and her son, born blue because of a heart defect. She hopes the book will help parents teaching acceptance and with teaching diversity in the classroom.

For those interested in teaching acceptance of others, a new children’s book, “The Blue Lobster,” a story about being different, by Robin Taylor-Chiarello provides an engaging tale about differences and the desire for acceptance.

Inspired by a one-in-a-million blue lobster and the loss of her own son, born blue because of a heart defect, “The Blue Lobster” is the first in a series of children’s books on diversity and appreciation of differences, including our own. The idea for the story was sparked by a radio broadcast announcing that a bright blue lobster had been caught in U.S. coastal waters, literally a one in a million occurrence caused by a genetic defect, Taylor-Chiarello said.

Written in verse, the story follows the main character, Mr. Homarus Americanus, as he tries many ways to get the other lobsters to play with him from sporting funny clothes to showing them his dance—all to no avail. The other lobsters shun him because he is different. One day, he is caught in a trap, but instead of going into the lobster pot, he becomes a celebrity that people come to see because of his rare bright blue tint. The book is illustrated by Lisa Bohart of Brandon, Fla.

“I want ‘The Blue Lobster’ to provide a tool for teaching diversity in the classroom. It is a way to talk with children about accepting kids with disabilities or differences of all kinds,” Taylor-Chiarello said. “The Blue Lobster speaks to children who may be discriminated against due to their religion, color or learning style. It is a story to open discussion for kindergarteners through third graders about acceptance and tolerance.”

“The Blue Lobster” is available at http://www.Amazon.com, http://www.BarnesAndNoble.com and through Jabberwocky Toy Store in Chatham, N.J., 973-635-5244, at a suggested retail price of $15.95. Taylor-Chiarello also is the author of the children’s book, “Broken Wing -- A Story of Friendship.” “The Blue Lobster” is published in paperback by the Peppertree Press with a suggested retail price of $15.95. More information on diversity books for children is available at http://www.RobinTaylor-Chiarello.com.

About the Author:
Robin Taylor-Chiarello has been a primary school art and art history teacher and has enjoyed a 20-year career designing health care environments. She particularly likes creating multicultural children’s environments and recently designed a collection of African-inspired borders and murals for Hearts of the Father Children’s orphanage in Ghana. She is a past president of United Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey and was appointed to the Office of the Public Advocate for the Developmentally Disabled for handicapped housing by former New Jersey Governor Brendan Byrne. Taylor-Chiarello is an alumnus of Finch College and the Harvard Graduate School of Design and has held memberships in the International Interior Design Association and American Institute of Architects.


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