(Posting on behalf of ngergen)
Attn Ms. _______:
“But after a few weeks, they begin to wilt.
The flowers bend down as a final bow, at a tilt.
No fresh water, no soil, no heat wave,
No sweet words, nor gentle, loving care will save.”
Spring Flowers is a 268 word picture book with the goal of presenting the cycle of life and death in a simplistic way that adolescents can relate with--the blooming and wilting of spring flowers.
Losing my father to a stroke when I was a teenager has inspired me over the past twenty years to write books that might help children struggling to manage their grief. While I have not yet published any of my writings, I hope to put picture books into the literary world that support teenagers struggling with love and loss. My perfectionism has paralyzed me at various times in the past as well as demands from my career as a full-time high school educator. However, I cannot linger any longer. I remember looking through the shelves at my local library and finding nothing that could console a sixteen-year-old and would like to offer children a choice.
Thank you for your time and consideration, Ms. ________________. I have the full manuscript of Spring Flowers available upon request.