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Feetspeak
EAShields, author
All children are born into an ancestral heritage, rich with tragedy, joy, and a touch of magic. No two stories are alike, yet encouraging an appreciation for cultural diversity, creative problem solving, and ecological respect as well as protecting the timely development of the contemporary child are daily readers challenges faced by parents and educators. And these concerns, among others, are what inspired the author to write her stories. Different people react to trauma differently. Even the little ones have their way of getting through a traumatic event, and many of them show it through the way they communicate and express themselves. Inspired with this, author EAShields has come up with a trilogy of independent stories entitled I AM A CHILD. And in Feetspeak, which is sprinkled with charming illustrations, readers will meet a young girl who communicates through the shoes she wears. Readers will meet young Cinnamon, traumatically mute after her parents are killed during a rainstorm, who communicates by selecting different shoes to wear. Living near a pond and its creatures on the Midwest Plains with her maternal grandmother provides Cinnamon with comfort and understanding. However, when an engaging French family with a young girl her age moves into the house down the road, Cinnamon must learn other ways to share her thoughts and express her feelings with her new friends. Soon to enter First Grade, will she be ready to participate and learn in this totally new environment? Readers are about to find out in Feetspeak.

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