Former Educator Ethel K. Coffey Asks, "What can pets teach children about change?"

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New children's book encourages kids to embrace change, friendship and feelings.

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It's important to offer positive ways to help children work through some of life's challenges.

How can parents help their children understand life’s ups and downs and work through their feelings? Author Ethel K. Coffey thinks the trick to conversation could be through pets.

Set in the beautiful Sonoran Desert in Arizona, “How Meg Changed Her Mind” is a vibrant telling of the difficulties of navigating change and emotions. Following a fun cast of pets and desert animals, the book encourages children to accept change and turn negative thoughts into positive ones.

For more than 30 years, author Ethel K. Coffey worked closely with students as an educator and reading specialist. Her passion for teaching and assisting children translated into writing purposeful and helpful books.

“Through my books, I want to provide a medium for children to discuss difficult topics, such as family change,” Coffey said. “It’s important to offer positive ways to help children work through some of life’s challenges, and literature is a powerful way to do that.”

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“How Meg Changed Her Mind”
By: Ethel K. Coffey
Paperback: $11.95
Audio Book: $3.99
ISBN: 9781452583778

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About the author
Ethel K. Coffey worked as a reading specialist and special educator for more than 30 years. She has written other children’s books, including “Cloud Watchers.” Coffey was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, and currently lives there with her husband David, their dog Baylee and their two cats, Cougar and Benney.


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