‘The Scout Is Out’ teaches kids to not be afraid of creepy critters

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New children’s book takes ant’s perspective to show how fearful houses can be for such diminutive creatures

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a tale meant to encourage children to see things from both sides and to see that their fears may not be as great as imagined

Grayce Presnar was inspired to write “The Scout Is Out” (published by Xlibris) because one of her grandchildren was afraid of crawling insects. She wanted to teach him that there was nothing to fear, that they were likely more afraid of him, and so created a story that showed the world through an ant’s perspective.

An excerpt from the book reads:
“Go out! Go out! You are our scout. / We need a place to live. / The rains have come. Our home’s undone. / The ground is like a sieve. / We need to try to get it dry. / Something’s got to give! / We count on you to see it through. / We need a place to live.”

In the book, an ant colony is threatened by heavy flooding due to torrential rains. Faced with this catastrophic threat, they sent Timmy out to find a new home for their colony. It did not take him long to find a house nearby, but his adventures have just begun. Though an ordinary house by human standards, Timmy’s forays into the different parts of the house reveal a different world to that experienced by people. Even the most ordinary things, like house pets and some critters, take on a new and frightening appearance when taken from the perspective of a diminutive ant.

“Every now and then we need to stop and face the things or people we dislike or fear the most and put ourselves in their shoes,” wrote Presnar. “When we do this, many times we will learn that they have the same fears and anxieties that we do.”

“The Scout Is Out” is a tale meant to encourage children to see things from both sides and to see that their fears may not be as great as imagined. It is also a lesson in respecting other’s boundaries.

“The Scout Is Out”
By Grayce Presnar
Hardcover | 8.5 x 11in | 36 pages | ISBN 9781503534209
Softcover | 8.5 x 11in | 36 pages | ISBN 9781503534186
E-Book | 36 pages | ISBN 9781503534193
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Grayce Presnar is a retired US Postal Service rural mail carrier living in New Castle, Pennsylvania. She was able to turn her retirement into the teaching profession she was not able to attain after attending Slippery Rock State College many years ago. She now enjoys substitute teaching and writing children's stories in her retirement. Most of her stories evolved from real life circumstances involving her grandchildren, her own pets or the animals she encountered along her mail route. Other than “The Scout Is Out,” she has also published “Being Boots” and “Sergio’s Dream.” Presnar is currently working on two new books: “Finding Tucker” and “The Dancer Smiles.”

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit xlibris.com or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.
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