Hippo Life Lessons
There’s always a bit of nervousness when it comes to doing something new. What if I fail? What if no one likes it? What if I’m not good enough? As I started the process of writing and publishing a children’s book for the first time, there was nervousness and the typical “what ifs”. But the biggest “what if” for me was “what if I never try?” And with the prompting of my supportive family, I took the “what if” leap and just a few short months later, I am a published children’s author.
Hazel the Hippo is about a sweet hippo who worries about her appearance and wonders “what if”as she compares her appearance to those around her. Hazel’s message teaches kids both big and little that we are perfectly made from our head to our toes regardless of our differences. So what if the book is read to a child who worries about his/her appearance? What if that child hears the message that no matter your size or color of your eyes … you are perfectly made? What if that child believes that he/she IS perfectly made?
In a world full of differences and what ifs, we need more Hazels. We need to hear the message that we are perfectly made, even in our differences. What if everyone took to heart the message that despite our differences, we are perfectly made. What if, indeed.
I hope you love Hazel as much as I enjoyed creating her. She is perfect and so are you!
Staci J. Allen has more than 15 years of experience teaching and working with preschoolers. She currently serves as the Director of Caring Ministries at The Summit Church. Staci and her husband Rick live in Lee's Summit, Missouri, and enjoy spending time with their adult children and grandchildren.