New Children’s Book Promotes Triumph in the Midst of Adversity

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Chi Emerole’s new book, A Rose in the Desert, encourages young children to overcome obstacles.

Chi Emerole knows what it is like to overcome a challenge. She arrived in the United States at age nineteen, far from her home in Nigeria. Her positive attitude, and gift for writing, inspired her to compose a children’s book titled A Rose in Desert . According to JumpStart Ink, Emerole’s enchanting book is thirty-two pages and currently available on and

A Rose in Desert breaks international boundaries by identifying the one thing every child has common, a birthday! It is the story of a young girl, Rose, who awakens on her seventh birthday on the Tibesti Mountains of Chad in a refugee camp. Rose is determined to have a beautiful birthday. She sets about her day with a positive and joyous attitude. Rose spends a lively day at school learning about the planets and the pyramids of Egypt. After school, Rose and her three best friends, The Fearless Foursome, visit The Cave of Dreams to play music, dance and laugh the afternoon away. Later, Rose receives some surprises, which remind her that life is full of wonderful things, and good friends and loving families are the most wonderful of all.

“The world today is filled with many unthinkable circumstances”, says Helene Vece, CEO of JumpStart Ink. “This is why a book like this is needed for our children. Parents are losing work, kids are seemingly more jaded, and the Earth’s culture seems to be in a state of just surviving- not thriving. It is important to let children know that a positive attitude really does go a long way in life.”

Motivated by the crisis in Darfur, A Rose in Desert stresses that material things are not the key to happiness, but good friends and a supportive family are. Chi Emerole and her illustrator, Ryan Durney, strived to introduce a positive attitude through clever illustrations. The book is intended to capture the spirit of a child, making A Rose in Desert one of the most promising summer books for young readers.

Chi Emerole is the youngest of six children. Born to two Nigerian teachers, Chi and her siblings fondly called their small village “Ogele City”. Chi Emerole is a pediatrician and a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She currently lives in Georgia with her husband and adorable son. She is passionate about poetry, creative writing, traveling, and improving the lives of children.

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