New Children’s Book Reminds Readers of the Importance of Forgiveness

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‘Stence Poe’ by Gerald Croswell goes back to the basics in teaching children the significance of saying ‘I am sorry.’

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Drowned in media information, we as people are forgetting the basics. Being able to say sorry when you are wrong is an important lesson and can make a practical impact in children’s lives.

Jimmy Lee and his friend, Stence Poe, discover the true meaning of friendship in “Stence Poe” by Gerald Croswell. The first book in the new children’s book series shares a remarkably compelling story of hope and faith that will teach readers precious life lessons.

The story follows Stence Poe, a seven-year-old girl, whose best friend, Jimmy Lee, accidentally runs into her with his bike. Jimmy Lee’s mother told him on multiple occasions not to ride his bike on the sidewalk because he may injure someone. Jimmy Lee’s mother, unfortunately, is right, and Jimmy ends up injuring his best friend, Stence Poe.

Jimmy’s mother makes him go to Stence Poe’s house and apologize to her in front of all her family members and friends. He not only apologizes but his apology is so sincere that Stence Poe’s family was not mad at him anymore, and of course, Stence Poe accepts his apology.

“The story in the book is based off a true event that happened to me at a young age. I learned to say, ‘I’m sorry’ and to admit when I was wrong,” says Croswell. “Drowned in media information, we as people are forgetting the basics. Being able to say sorry when you are wrong is an important lesson and can make a practical impact in children’s lives.”

Children will enjoy the entertaining plot and colorful illustrations in “Stence Poe” as they learn the true meaning of friendship and forgiveness. Parents will appreciate the valuable life lessons presented throughout the book.

“Stence Poe”
By Gerald Croswell
ISBN: 9781796021899 (softcover); 9781796021882 (electronic)
Available at the Xlibris Online Bookstore, Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the author
Rev. Dr. Gerald Croswell is a former K-12 schoolteacher who started his career as an after-school counselor, then rose to the ranks of coordinator/director of several youth programs. He enjoyed reading children’s books to children during story-times and after school programs. In 2004, Dr. Croswell left the public-school system and started his career as a mortgage banker for 10 years. He is currently a travel agent and has been an associate minister for the past 17 years. "Stence Poe" is the first of 15 books by Croswell coming to the children’s book market.

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