Book: Pockets by Cindy R Juckettecategories: Book, Pockets, Family, Grandparents, Children's Book
Cindy R Jucketteabout this book: My book Pockets is about the relationship between a great-grandpa and his grandson, Colton.
While Colton's great-grandpa observes him playing and collecting valuable treasures in the backyard he realizes Colton is having difficulties finding something to put his collection in. Grandpa and Colton go on a search to find the perfect solution.
Colton's great-grandpa wears overalls with lots of pockets and offers to carry Colton's treasures but soon realizes it's not the best solution and that every little boy needs their own pockets.
I began working on Pockets eight years ago. My family was visiting my grandparents (who have over sixty children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren) and as I watched out of the kitchen window I was in awe of my grandpa (he was eighty-eight at the time) and the attention he gave to each of his grandchildren.
As I was standing at the kitchen sink finishing the dishes, Grandpa came up beside me, nudged me in the shoulder, and said, "Sis, every little boy needs pockets."
When we got home from the weekend I was going through our mail and came across a children's writing class advertisement and right then my idea of Pockets took hold!
I am very proud of the cover of Pockets as well as the illustrations inside. I sent my illustrator actual photos of my grandpa and my son, Colton and both were depicted very well. Being new to the publishing process I had no clue what I was doing but the one thing I was sure about was that I wanted to make sure Grandpa and Colton looked like themselves.
Writing Pockets was such a learning experience in more ways than one. I had never thought of writing a book until the moment I saw that advertisement. I took those writing classes and did tons of research but as we all know sometimes things happen in life that delays us in our goals.
It took me six years to get through the writing course due to family illnesses and deaths and the struggle to get through those times. While pushing myself through those years, I used Pockets as my therapy to move on and do something that I desperately wanted to do.
The best lesson I learned while writing Pockets is to not put off your goals. Push through whatever it is going on in your life and get things done. My grandpa passed away six months before I completed Pockets and I will forever be sad that he didn't get the opportunity to read the story that was inspired by him.
Pockets is a book that can be enjoyed by everyone. I feel it brings back the times of hanging out with your loved ones and enjoy those times. We have all fallen into the trap of video games, computers, television, etc… and I think going back to the basics of family is the best thing we can do for our children.
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