A LITTLE NUT WITH BIG DREAMS
BY KRISTIN ANDERSON CETONE
Illustrated by Nadia Komorova
Genre: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7)
Pages: 36 pages
Publisher: KLAC Enterprises, LLC
Release date: September 1, 2012
Categories: Friendship, Social Skills & School Life, Bullies, Growing Up & Facts of Life
Winner of the Mom's Choice Silver and OneBookAZ Awards!
There's a new cowboy in town! Hit the trail with Buckaroo Buckeye, a lovable little nut who falls from his tree in Ohio, as he dodges the bumps and bullies along the way in a magical journey to find his true place in the world.
Created by Reading Specialist Kristin Cetone, Buckaroo Buckeye teaches children 4-8 to: • Learn to ignore bullies
• Improve their self-esteem
• Connect with reading
• "Dream, Believe and Achieve" no matter their size!
Your child will be inspired by Buckaroo's determination in this touching story with unforgettable characters illustrated by Nadia Komorova. Get yours today!
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AUTHOR KRISTIN ANDERSON CETONE
Buckaroo Buckeye seems all about journeys. Where are your favorite travel spots?
My favorite travel spots would be the U.S. and Europe. I had a very magical journey several years ago to Beijing, China on an educator exchange. There were 300 educators from the U.S. from all grade levels. We visited and observed their classrooms that matched with our grades we taught. Fascinating! We had meaningful conversations with their educators while sharing our experiences. It was also so rewarding to make new friends with the educators from all over our nation.
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
The days of the old Wild West. I would love to live on a ranch with horses of my own to ride.
I was born and raised in Ohio and over the years, my life journey took me to Arizona where I put down roots. I had travelled all over, but Arizona is where I found my true calling as a reading specialist to help struggling readers and where I created my book characters and wrote their stories.
Who was the inspiration for this story?
This story is based on MY life journey. The little girl who picks up Buckaroo is me.
There is only one main character in my story, and his story was easy to connect to me and my life journey. My three characters in my sequels were also easy to write as they directly relate to three very influential female members of my own family. The hardest part was coming up with my character names, since they are buckeye nuts, and giving them human experiences.
Also influential was my own life growing up in Ohio and the strong guidance and influence of my “family tree.” The whole premise for Buckaroo Buckeye came from my father. In his elder years, he would often ask, “Do you know what a buckeye nut is?” To humor him, we would always say, “No, Dad, what is a buckeye nut?” His response was ALWAYS, “It’s a worthless nut!” This became the trigger for Buckaroo’s journey of self-discovery.
“Success comes from a tiny ‘seed’ within each of us. This tiny seed contains our hopes and dreams and passions in life. When we receive encouragement and nourishment from family, culture, education, and life experiences, the seed will sprout and grow mighty, and rise above the bumps and bullies and setbacks along the way.
Discouraging words…discourage dreams,
Encouraging words…sprout dreams,
Parents plant the seeds.”
-- Kristin Anderson Cetone
About the Author: Buckaroo Buckeye grew out of author Kristin Anderson Cetone's imagination and joy of reading.
Born in Dayton, Ohio, she traveled many miles before putting down roots in the Arizona desert. Influenced by family, education, life experiences, and a desire to teach others, Mrs. Cetone discovered her purpose---just like Buckaroo Buckeye did.
Her true calling and passion is writing and helping others become successful readers. She created Buckaroo to encourage children to believe in themselves and follow their dreams while dodging the bumps and bullies along the way. Reading will help guide the way. Being a Reading Specialist, she has also created Nuts About Reading™ an informal, supplemental, online reading service. She shares her insights and suggestions to help parents strengthen their children's reading process and become successful readers.
Her joy now is to inspire and help kids to find the Buckaroo Buckeye in themselves.
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