Book: Robert (Robert, Drake and Franklin) by William Wheelercategories: Book, Robert, Sphere, Add, Friends, Franklin, Cube, Pyramid, Drake, Children's Book
William C Wheelerabout this book: Robert is one who has difficulty focusing. In his first book Robert, he deals with his lack of being able to stay and listen to his friends tell their stories, and how his friends react to his difficulty staying focused. He finds out that his friends do not understand, but are helpful when he can talk to them about it.
This children's book, combined with "Franklin" and "Drake," are about three friends. The first in a series, these books are set up telling the same story, but from each individual's perspective. Similar to real life, each is a protagonist, and others are the antagonists. While no individual has bad intentions, how they appear to act is as much a part of the individual who experiences it.
The desire to write these books came from the idea that a character who is a sphere would have a hard time staying still, while other shapes would be more stable. Having lived and worked with many who's minds tend to wander, setting up a story to tell all three sides was something I wanted to try.
These books are intended for children between 2 and 5. Since kids like reading the same books repeatedly, telling the same story from three different perspectives can help them understand people. As the books are intended for children, and to be read more than once, the hope is for parents to read all three to the children and compare how the different characters interact.
Creating the story involved setting up scenes and story frames that allowed all three characters to interact. Part of the challenge was setting up a story where all three characters each had an equal part. The other challenge was creating scenes where the placement of shadows reflected how the protagonist felt, without contradicting the other characters and their feelings.
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