Author Joanne Belvedere Creates New Story to Help Children Overcome Self-Set Limitations

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Children's book helps kids to tackle personal obstacles.

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My main goal with this book is to help children become self-empowered from a young age.

George Bernard Shaw once wrote, “I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.”

This is a theory that author Joanne Belvedere encourages children to take. She has come to realize that the majority of obstacles and limitations people of all ages face are self-induced.

Belvedere’s new children’s book, “The Elephant and the Stake,” shares an Aesop-style fable of an elephant stuck in a home where she is forced to give tourists rides on her back. She never enjoyed this work and tried to break free of the stake that trapped her at a young age, but was unable to do so. As she got bigger she just assumed based on previous inability that she was unable to break free, but with encouragement from friends and a fresh attitude she reaches her goal.

“My main goal with this book is to help children become self-empowered from a young age,” Belvedere said.

Aside from passing along the message of empowerment, Belvedere has designed the text of “The Elephant and the Stake” to be used as a tool for teaching kids to read. By incorporating alternate fonts and colors children are more easily able to pick out sentence structures and individual words.

“The Elephant and the Stake”
By: Joanne Belvedere
SC-ISBN: 978-1-4525-8916-9
SC-Retail price: $16.95
EB-ISBN: 978-1-4525-8917-6
EB-Retail price: $3.99
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About the author
Joanne Belvedere was a stay-at-home mom working one day a week when she decided she wanted to explore her creativity by taking a few classes at a local college. She took a creative writing course and rediscovered her passion for children’s literature. She is an experienced primary school teacher who loves to spend her free time with her family.


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