Sheri-Lynn Kenny's book THe Kitchen of Many Colours is now a Canada Book Award Winner.
Former naval officer writes two children’s books
printAdTag('300x250,300x80','tc.amherstdaily','news','pos=but3'); PARRSBORO – There is a new local author in Cumberland County who has recently published two children’s books.
The author, Sheri-Lynn Kenny, grew up in the small rural community of White River, Ont., north of Lake Superior. A former naval officer, Kenny spent eight years at sea on frigates and destroyers before transferring to be an education and training specialist.
After leaving the military, she enrolled at Lakehead University in 2009 to complete her bachelor of education and is now a substitute teacher with Chignecto-Central Regional School Board. Kenny took a break from teaching in 2013-14 to concentrate on her writing.
The aim her books was to focus on three specific areas for education: social studies - Grade primary to 2; science – Grade 3; and Earth Day – Grade Primary to 5.
The first book is entitled: The Battle at Bogs Hollow. This story is about a small pond in the middle of the forest. One day horrible mechanical monsters arrive bent on destruction. All the animals depart, while three friends remain behind to battle the monsters and try to save their home.
The book focuses on environmental systems and interactions as well as sustainability and stewardship.
The second book is entitled The Kitchen of Many Colours. This book is about a little girl, Lara, who moves from Newfoundland to a small remote community in northern Ontario.
The book focuses on fire safety in the home. It also focuses on how people are connected to a family and a community; the similarities and differences between different groups of people; the role of change in people’s lives and how it affects the family and communities; and multiculturalism.
With these books Kenny wanted to share some experiences that she has had, but also create teaching tools that were entertaining for children. She also wanted to give the books a purpose – the ability to support curriculum outcomes for Primary to Grade five.
Throughout the last year Kenny has been working on several other book ideas which have been inspired by her life experiences, and substitute teaching in southern Ontario, Parrsboro and Advocate.
She has also received incredible support and inspiration from her partner, her parents in White River and her writing group in Parrsboro which meets every Wednesday morning.
The books: Battle at Bogs Hollow and The Kitchen of Many Colours are available in soft cover and as an ebook through Xlibris.com; Amazon.ca; and Barnes and Noble.com