Introducing 'The Naturals' Children's Book -

I am a 45 year old twice-widowed mum of five and I have written ten connecting children's stories. They are together in one book entitled 'The Naturals' which aims to help children see that our natural world is alive and compassionate and always has our best interests at heart! The heart of my stories lies within the Native American Proverb; 'We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.' All ten stories are to be read to children and I hope to bring a sense of connection to our Earth so that children may be inspired to revere, respect and protect it... The publication date was 26th August 2010 and if ordered from (website designed by my 16 yr old son!) I will sign it for you.

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Comment by Sharon Petersen on July 19, 2010 at 1:38am
Thank you John, that'd be great!
Comment by John Thielbahr on July 18, 2010 at 5:29pm
Hi Again Sharon. I love these snippets of your book. Keep them coming. I will mention them to another Children & Nature Network colleague Margaret Rietano who has started a new non-profit in Washington DC called The Elements. She works with elementary schools to get kids outside in all kinds of weather. She would love your book. She is a wonderful mom with four kids. I hope she connects with you. Very best wishes. Let me know when you visit Oregon or anywhere in the Northwest. John
Comment by Sharon Petersen on July 16, 2010 at 3:51am
Thank you John for your warm welcome.

I, too was in Oregon for a seminar, albeit last July. Can't come this year, but have set my intention to go again next year! Good suggestion for a 'snippet' of The Naturals. There are ten stories within the book: The Story of Cloudy, Snowy, Windy, Moony, Hailstones, Sunny, Rainbow, Rainy, Starry and Earth. So I will give a snippet from each story. Not all together as you'd all get fed up with me, I'm sure! (I love reading my stories and could shout them all day long from the rooftops!)

The Story of Windy:-

'Another time when Windy blew hard, Tom saw an old lady running after her umbrella that was blowing away. She chased it right to the top of the road before she caught it, and then hopped on to a bus. Tom told Mummy it was mean of Windy to make the lady run like that. Mummy said it was quite lucky really, otherwise she would have missed her bus. Tom wasn't so sure about that.'...

...'Tom decided then that Windy was, in fact, a MEANY Windy, to blow all the leves off a poor tree who was just standing there looking beautiful one minute, and naked and cold the next. Well, that was just mean, thought Tom. Mummy did suggest that the leaves were now put to good use on the ground, being a blanket for the worms and insects and sleeping plant roots, but Tom was too busy playing a stamping-on-the-leaves game to notice the many living things underneath.'

I'll post another snippet soon...
Have a Windy day everyone; blow those cobwebs away! ...Sharon
Comment by John Thielbahr on July 14, 2010 at 10:34am
Hi Sharon,
Welcome to C&NN Connect. Your book sounds wonderful. There are many organizations that help children read, and this would be a wonderful addition to their library. When Richard Louv and I were in Bend, Oregon recently, we met Louise Hawker from The Nature of Words. I will mention your book to her. Thanks for joining our networking site, and please continue to share your ideas and suggestions, and maybe snippets of some of your writings. Very best wishes, John

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