Book: The Adventures of Baylard Bear - a story about being DIFFERENT by Lucinda Sue Crosbycategories: Book, Children's Fiction, Parenting, Adoption, Special Needs Children, Foster Children, Child's Chapter Book, Child Development, Diversity, Being Unique, Being Different
Lucinda Sue Crosbyabout this book: This charming tale is about a baby bear named Baylard who is left on the steps of a human orphanage by his bear parents. They realize they won't be able to give their beloved baby the kind of life he deserves because humans are encroaching on their forest. So, they make the hardest decision any loving parent CAN make - they give him up for adoption.
Baylard has only one great wish - the same one we all have - to love and be loved for who we are. But if Baylard has any hope of being adopted by a loving human family, he must learn to do all the things the other children can do. Of course, since Baylard isn't human, this is going to be a real challenge.
This story is one that will resonate with anyone who has ever felt "left out." Who doesn't remember messing up a book report or being the new kid in a new school? That feeling of apart-ness is universal and abides with us no matter how powerful or successful we may be as adults. Of course, in my experience, that peculiar brand of loneliness that springs from our unique natures is an especially heavy burden for children.
I am looking to provide an enjoyable reading experience as well as one that could act as an opening for an important conversation between children and their caregivers.
I believe we're all created unique on purpose – to share our divergent viewpoints, experiences, beliefs and skills. I hope this book will be a kind of roadmap to better understanding and empathy … on both sides of any relationship.
Developing the image of Baylard Bear was an absolute delight. I worked with an illustrator, Linda Moehlenkamp, for almost a year getting the form and facial expression to round out Baylard's literary presence. She did a great job making the bear huggably attractive and relatable.
Child care/advocate experts agree that Baylard Bear is a "heart warming tale"; "an awesome lesson"; and "a perfect story for children (or bears) who have been adopted themselves." PhD Lawrence Coates remarked, "There's a little bit of Baylard Bear in all of us."
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