Book Title: Buckaroo Buckeye: A Little Nut with Big Dreams Author: Kristin Anderson Cetone
Illustrator: Nadia Komorova
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 36 pages | Publisher: KLAC Enterprises, LLC | Release date: September 1, 2012
Genre: Friendship, Social Skills & School Life, Bullies, Growing Up & Facts of Life | Content Rating: G
Tour dates: May 21 to June 15, 2018
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!
What inspired you to write this book, and when?
Book publishers and other authors often tell aspiring writers to write from what they know and have experienced in their life. This is the foundation for all writers. I witnessed so many young children with low self-esteem because they could not read. Many were bullied. I knew I wanted to write a story of encouragement and not discouragement, for children and their parents. Believe in yourself and follow your dreams. Everyone has this tiny ‘seed’ within them and with determination, perseverance and nurturing, they will succeed. They will have to rise above the bumps and bullies along their journey to self-discovery as there will be many who cross their path! I know, because through the years I have had many who felt I was too shy and too afraid to reach for my dreams.
Telling my story was my dream, but what kind of character should I have? It’s very hard to find a relatable character to tell such a universal story, so I decided I wanted to create a unique, but adorable character for readers to love. I got my inspiration from my own ‘roots.’ Born and raised in Ohio, the tiny buckeye nut ‘seed’ was a natural part of my life. I thought to myself, “this tiny buckeye nut seed could represent the tiny ‘seed’ we all carry within us with our passions and dreams. With proper nourishment from family, culture, education, and life experiences this tiny seed will sprout and grow mighty…despite discouragement and self-doubts along the way, just as the majestic buckeye tree grows from a tiny seed. So, I brought Buckaroo Buckeye to life. Did I mention, that as a child I was always fascinated about the days of the cowboy and the old wild west. So, I decided to transform my buckeye nut seed character, into a cowboy, ten years ago! Yippee!
The focus of my book came from my father. He would ask many times, “do you know what a buckeye nut is?” To be respectful, we would say, “No, Dad, what is a buckeye nut?” He would always respond, “It’s a worthless nut!” This is the starting point for Buckaroo. He starts his life journey of self-discovery to find his purpose and worth and place in the world despite discouraging words and self-doubts on the long journey, when in the end, this tiny seed finds his true place in the world and discovers it was within him from the very beginning. He always believed in himself and his dreams. We are all born with the potential for greatness! So as Buckaroo will tell you, “Dream, Believe, Achieve.”
“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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