A dream has been realized for local women Beth McCarthy Marks and Pamela Cinnamon, who are launching their first children’s book How Perfectly You!
Author Marks came up with the idea for the book because she wants children to know they can like being who they are.
The book tells the story of a family camping trip where, with the help of Mom, Dad, and their lovable pooch Peabody, sisters Chloe and Banger realize that being different is just fine.
“What I love about the book is that it seems to have the sweet impact I’d hoped for, the awareness that whatever your age, or however you are, you are unique and special in your own way,” said Marks. “I love that children can really know that different is not wrong or better or worse and that the world needs their flavour just as it is.”
How Perfectly You is the first book that Marks has written but she is an accomplished writer in both poetry and plays.
It was a first-time project for local artist Cinnamon as well. She is respected in local art circles and a longtime member of the Jasper Artists Guild.
“This is a book that appeals to all small people, and to the big people who read to them,” she said.
The release of the book comes after a year and much effort on behalf of both the book’s creators and publishers.
“We are pleased with how it turned out,” said Jadon Ward, with Okanagan Publishing House. “At Okanagan Publishing House our goal is to create books that not only contain art, but are art, from cover to cover. I think we can honestly say we accomplished that with this product.”
Vernon Teach and Learn is the exclusive seller of the book in Vernon and will hold a book signing Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.