Former Performer Shares Lessons in Children’s Book

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Renee Smith teaches children to realize their uniqueness.

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You don’t have to change yourself to make people like you. You have to realize your unique capacities and have courage to stand up to those that make fun of you. Along with that, you have to express to others how you feel.

Renee Smith, a professional singer-dancer, knows that children face many pressures in their daily lives. Now a mother of nine and grandmother to eighteen, Smith is sharing inspiration to help children embrace their uniqueness and stand up for themselves in her book “Buggy and the Blue Frog.”

“I hope my book will teach children that you don’t have to change yourself to make people like you. You have to realize your unique capacities and have courage to stand up to those that make fun of you. Along with that, you have to express to others how you feel,” Smith said.

“Buggy and the Blue Frog” tells the story of Buggy, a precocious young girl, as she helps her friend the blue frog fit in with others and make friends. They find that changing yourself to fit in is not the best option. After a visit to a wise friend, Buggy and the blue frog find how important it is to be yourself and recognize your own unique characteristics and self-worth. They learn that once you are confident with who you really are, making friends is much easier

“I think knowing how special you are is important because so many kids are lacking self-esteem,” Smith said. “If they learn this from an early age, then by the time they are teenagers they have a better chance of coping with the issues they are faced with today.”

While bullies are quite common in many schools today, Smith helps children learn how to accept who they are, stand up for themselves and others and develop strong self-esteem carry them through life’s journey.

Buggy and the Blue Frog
By Renee Smith
ISBN: 978-1-4907-1756-2 (sc); 978-1-4907-1757-9 (e)
Softcover, $13.54
Ebook, $3.99
Approximately 28 pages
Available at http://www.amazon.com and http://www.barnesandnoble.com.

About the author
Renee Smith is a mother of nine children and grandmother to eighteen. At age two, she started dance lessons and became a professional ballet dancer. Smith was a member of the Memphis Symphony Chorus for many years and has performed professionally with the Memphis Opera and choreographed for the Memphis Beethoven Club’s summer operetta performances. Her love of children, dance and music inspired her to begin writing children’s books in hopes of teaching children valuable lessons in life.

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