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"Our children's growing minds, They look through caring eyes, I have hope for the world, In them the future lies." This is the last stanza of my poem "Our Children" which was one of my first creative endeavours. I am now a first-time children's book author. "Benjamin P. Blizzard: Welcome to Christmastown"


Background Information



Motivated by family, friends, and life.


Bio:  I am the fortunate mother of an incredible daughter who is a loving neonatal intensive care unit nurse, plus I am the aunt of a wonderful niece and nephew.  I have lived in same city always, love to travel, am a movie buff, a children's author, just turned 56 & still considering tattoo I was to get at 50.  Those things are incredibly expensive.  I had no idea of the cost.


My goal with "Benjamin P. Blizzard: Welcome to Christmastown" was to create a story of encouragement for kids as well as adults because sometimes we adults forget about the child in each of us.  I try to show that different is good, beauty can be found everywhere, it just depends on how you look at things, and sometimes great things come out of what we originally viewed as a mess.  I write about a polar bear cub learning what he is good at doing while living at the North Pole. To paraphrase myself, Benny learns that while he does not have the nimble fingers of an elf to make small toys, he is great at filling the toy bags and loading them on Santa’s sleigh.  The story takes you through a minor toy room disaster on Christmas Eve to special children receiving incredible toys because of this mishap. During the journey an upset polar bear cub comes to understand unconditional love, the greatness of differences and miracles appearing out of the most unlikely situations. 


I recently came across a quote of Mother Theresa's “I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.” found at http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/838305.Mother_Teresa.  In my own way, that is one of the messages I am trying to bring to life through Benny. 


Thank you, 


Karen Nivens


P.S.  Check out my tweets as BPBlizzard on Twitter



 


 

    
Birth Place
Charlotte, NC USA
Accomplishments

Since I first wrote this I have had one of my poems, "Our Children", published as part of the beginning of an incredible 2 volume set of child care books, "MODERN CHILD HEALTH CARE A GUIDE TO PARENTS" by the world renowned paediatrician Dr. B.J.C. Perera. I am honored to have a place in such an important book giving medical and practical advice to parents on worldwide issues that deal with a child's health from simple issues to more complex ones. Dr. B.J.C. Perera finds a way to bring the complex ones down to earth letting parents know they are not alone while giving great medical advice.

I am a first-time children's book author, "Benjamin P. Blizzard: Welcome to Christmastown", planning on a reprint by self-publication when funds allow with new artwork hopefully by same artist. All art will be new if plan happens. Issues of my previous, original publisher have prevented the purchase of the art rights but I plan to add many more pictures so starting over is best.

My poem, "Our Children" will also be used as an opening by a doctor in his medical book to assist parents with childhood illnesses. His main emphasis is with asthma I believe. When the book is in print, I will give you more details.

Right now the same poem is on http://www.loveourchildrenusa.org/
This is a wonderful organization that helps children and families. They fight against violence and neglect towards children and try to stop the cycles that can be started when a child grows up in a emotionally and sometimes physically unhealthy environment.

I love coming across someone mentioning one of my poems online, using it in a message or story they are conveying.

Additional Information

I am a first-time children's book author of "Benjamin P. Blizzard: Welcome to Christmastown" wanting to republish through self-publication with new and additional art plus chapter breaks for bedtime reading! Then a sequel with Benny, Santa and the Easter Bunny is ready to follow upon the addition of art. My goal was to create a story showing kids that different is good and beauty can usually be found everywhere, it just depends on how you look at things. I show a polar bear cub learning what he is good at doing while living at the North Pole. To paraphrase myself, Benny learns that while he does not have the nimble fingers of an elf to make small toys, he is great at filling the toy bags and loading them on Santa’s sleigh. I also wanted to show that sometimes great things come out of what we originally viewed as a mess. Hopefully you will find "Benjamin P. Blizzard, Welcome to Christmastown" is fun to read as a family or on your own. My original publisher's description is: "Come meet Benjamin Blizzard, Benny for short. He is a 5 year old polar bear cub who has a case of the clumsies. He is curious and fun-loving like any 5 year old. Unfortunately for the elves, Benny has a hard time when it comes to dealing with small things. He makes a wonderful mess of the toyshop right before Christmas Eve delivery, but learns a great lesson in the midst of it all... that even our mistakes can be beautiful." My original publisher had problems as a new business so I and others were place on our own. I attempted to purchase the art rights but could not get legal verification of the ownership of the publisher so I will re-illustrate when a time comes that I can self-publish with new art. My plan already was to add many more pictures so this works well. I also have some tv show ideas. (1 is a reality show idea that could be a movie spoof instead which I enlisted a colleague for more detailed ideas.) These are not posted here since they are all registered withe the Writer's Guild.) Best Regards, Karen Nivens

Favorite Links

Love Our Children USA
This is a wonderful organization working to protect children in and outside of the home. Please read more about them by following the link http://www.loveourchildrenusa.org/ and read the inspirational poetry listed on the site(including one of mine by following this link http://www.loveourchildrenusa.org/inspirational.php

Feed the Children
This is another organization that I support. They are helping feed children and their families around the globe. http://www.feedthechildren.org

World Vision
Last but certainly not least, World Vision is another organization I support. They are helping children and their families around the globe. http://www.worldvision.org/






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