New Book Introduces Acceptance and Individuality to Children

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Paula Gelbach, mother and former elementary teacher, provides guidebook for discussing bullying, discrimination, and self-esteem.

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“It’s Ok!! Everybody’s Different” by Paula Gelbach, celebrates uniqueness by teaching children the importance of anti-bullying, friendship and originality.

The book includes three separate stories that share the united message of praising our differences as told by three special animals: a hippopotamus, a yellow jacket and a polar bear.

The story of the hippopotamus, “The Purple Bottomus,” discusses self-esteem and having pride in one’s distinct physical traits.

“Frightened Jack, The Yellow Jacket” tackles the subject of bullying and teaches children to look beyond negative behaviors to establish love and acceptance.

The last story, “Teacher Katie,” is about a first grade polar bear that fears school because she struggles with perfecting her assignments.

Gelbach, a mother and retired teacher, hopes that children and parents alike will embrace the book as a tool to help young readers find value in their individuality and see great potential that everyone has inside of them.

“It’s Ok!! Everybody’s Different”
By Paula E. Gelbach
Softcover: 978-1-48360-075-8
Hardcover: 978-1-48360-076-5
E-Book: 978-1-48360-077-2

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About the author
Paula Gelbach is a mother, wife and author. A graduate of Wells College, she spent her career as an elementary school teacher and received a Master’s Degree in teaching at Southern Connecticut University. Paula lives with her husband of 50 years in Pennsylvania.

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