Book: The Pink Eraser by Kate Taylor
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Kate Taylorabout this book: The Pink Eraser is about the coming of age of a young girl named Opal Chretien. Opal learned at a very young age that she must be perfect in order to be loved or even liked. As young as two years old, Opal was people pleasing and it continued until she was well in her fifties. Opal deals with abuse, bullying and unhealthy relationships as she cannot express herself to even say the word "No." She was traumatized in kindergarten by a teacher who forbid her to use an eraser and debased her in front of the class. This moment stayed with Opal all her life. With the help of her pink eraser and an elderly friend, Nana Jean, Opal was able to master the ability to share her feelings, and put them into words.
The book is based on a true story, my true story.
The primary readers are sixteen years old, well into middle age. The book has been recommended to school boards to possibly be part of the curriculum for sophomores and juniors.
The book took approximately four months to complete. The title simply states a central focus in the book. The cover draws the reader in to ask, "Why the writing of certain words on young students' paper? Why the red truck? Why the crumpled paper and the little drawing of the ladybug?" All are important elements of the story.
The hardest part of writing this book was to deal with my own feelings, as I wrote the sensitive chapters that dealt with my own abuse. I learned that I could take the feelings, put them into words and then I was able to ball up the black film of those feelings and let go of them, as I tossed them into a well.
The research was scouring my own memory bank, and swirling it around with the magical fictional part of the book.
I want my readers to know that sometimes, it may take a pink eraser to help put feelings into words, until the words come. It is OK to make mistakes. The feelings and words are there and will be expressed; one word at a time if necessary. When confronted with a bad situation, it is all right to say NO, very loudly and clearly. One's environment when feeling sad or depressed can be changed with some form of art. Words can be expressed through one's hands. It is changing the environment that helps work through the feelings.
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