New Book Motivates Children to Active Community Involvement

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A unique and inspiring tale packed with lessons wittingly woven fire up children’s interest to partake in any desirable community activities

Chad and Jerrod were good friends who enjoy each other’s company. They had a lot in common and they both loved to play basketball, football and soccer – they even took lunch together. However, Jerrod’s plan to sneak over Chad’s house would change everything in their friendship when his parents found out he went to Chad’s place, The Blackberry Patch. His parents told him not to see Chad and never go to that place again. But why? Readers can uncover the mystery of this distinct place through author S. Yolanda Robinson’s There Is Magic In The Blackberry Patch.

When Jerrod’s parents found out that he sneaked over to his friend’s house in The Blackberry Patch, they restricted him to see Chad anymore. Soon, Jerrod treated Chad indifferently and Chad was wondering why until finally, Jerrod told him of what his mother told him, “Nothing good has ever come out of the Blackberry Patch…” This annoyed Chad and at the same time realized that there was really something wrong with Blackberry Patch – houses are all the same, no flowers in the yard, and there were a lot of litters in the street. But he still believed there is something more beyond these frustrating situation and he wanted to find out. But was there really magic in the Blackberry Patch? There Is Magic In The Blackberry Patch tells all.

Packed with insights and lessons, There Is Magic In The Blackberry Patch is a riveting read that will inspire children to get involved in their communities.

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About the Author
S. Yolanda Robinson was raised on the east side of Columbus, Ohio. She is an East High School graduate. She received her master’s degree in education from The University of Massachusetts at Amherst. As a young girl, she grew up as a member of Second Baptist Church. She is presently a member of Trinity Baptist Church. Both churches are located on the east side of Columbus.

Yolanda has a passion for working with children and families. In her career, Yolanda has received many honors and has held various positions in many organizations. She was the national conference chair for The National Council for Black Studies, president of The African American Triumphs Consortium and Cardinal 9 to 5.Although she has retired from her job as acting manager of The Ohio State University Department of Black Studies Community Extension, Yolanda is still very active. She has been the manager of Family Wellness for CMACAO Head Start, and the city administrator for an after school program under 2 B Natural By Design. Yolanda is the host of All In Our Family, an internet radio show on that is structured to promote family well-being. As the mother of Chad Heath Robinson, she is the grandmother of Akeisheunte and Yazmina.

Proceeds from this book will be used for the children of Poindexter Village to go to college or start their own business.
It is my strong desire for children who read this book to become active community supporters by getting involved in their own neighborhoods and communities. If the book encourages the reader to do this, then my goal would be accomplished.

There Is Magic In The Blackberry Patch * by S. Yolanda Robinson
Publication Date: August 29, 2011
Picture Book; $21.99; 44 pages; 978-1-4653-4924-8
Picture Book Hardcover; $31.99; 44 pages; 978-1-4653-4925-5

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