As this month’s theme is HOPE, I think it is worth re-visiting one of my own books–RAJ THE BOOKSTORE TIGER, because it is about a very important aspect of HOPE and that is
HOW TO HOPE IN YOURSELF
The idea for this story, stemmed in part, from this image below that I came across in a greeting card some years ago (except my cat saw himself as a tiger instead of a lion).
But the dollop of hope is the same–we all have an inner greatness, an inner tiger, or an inner lion, that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Stories are in a way, mirrors, that allow children to see and believe in their own inner greatness. For when they see story characters overcoming obstacles and taming their demons by summoning their inner courage and strength, then they have a model–a vision for how they too can overcome such hurdles in their own lives.