One man's trash is another man's treasure, but for children the true prize is the power of positive thinking. Traudi Allen helps kids learn the value of optimism, perseverance and other life lessons in her new illustrated children's book, "The Old Green Chair."
The book tells the story of a decrepit chair, thrown aside after years of use. Faced with the end of the road, it never loses its positive attitude and ultimately ends up in a happier situation.
Allen wrote the book to help children grasp concepts such as the value of visualizing positive outcomes.
"By bringing these ideas down to a fun and engaging level in the form of modern fables," Allen says, "even the tiniest tot can enjoy learning about them and seeing how they make life easier."
"The Old Green Chair" is the second in Allen's "House Series of Picture Books for Children," a series of modern fables that communicate key lessons to children. Each of the books tackles important topics, such as conflict resolution and maintaining a positive outlook, in ways that get families talking about valuable social skills.
"I think children's books tend to be either too narrative or too lesson driven," Allen says. "I hope that this book is first and foremost an enjoyable read. I would love it to be a favorite bedtime story, but one that also acquaints children with deeper life lessons."
For more information, visit http://thehousepicturebooks.com/
"The Old Green Chair"
By Traudi Allen; Illustrations by Rob Cowan
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-45250-614-2
ISBN (softcover): 978-1-45250-598-5
Available for purchase at Balboa Press, Barnes & Noble and Amazon
About the author
Dr. Traudi Allen is a writer and art historian with a long record of publication. She has published books on some of Australia's most significant artists and art movements along with numerous articles, essays and reviews. She has lectured in art history and for many years presented interviews on art subjects for ABC radio. The second book in her children's series has recently been released and the third, titled "The Squeaky Door," is due out soon. She is also currently completing a book of historical fiction for adults.