So this is a new and different take on An Insect's Guide to Living on Earth. It's shorter and is centered around Dennis the dragonfly and a dragonfly's life cycle. Aimed at 4 - 7 year olds.
A Dragonfly's Summer. © Kerry Gittins 2020. All Rights Reserved.
This is a story I've reworked several times to try and get the flow correct . . .
An Insects Guide To Living On Earth. © Kerry Gittins 2020. All Rights Reserved.
If I could change who would I be? And should I change from being me?
‘Cause after all it’s who I am but should I change me if I can?
Should I change from being brave and fighting dragons known as Dave?
And climbing up the castle wall to save old Humpty from his fall?
Should I change from being bold and fighting pirates for their gold?
And sailing seas to find the chest beneath the spot that’s marked with ‘X’?
Would I change the me whose friend is different – just because of them?
The ones who say ‘She’s not like you. Her skin’s not right. Her hair’s strange too.’
The ones who think their way is right. The ones whose words are full of spite.
Who say if we don’t act like them we cannot ever be their friend.
But I’m not sure I’d care to be a friend to those who pick on me
The ones who bully, call me names. I do not want to play their games.
I’d rather have my friend who’s brave and not afraid of dragon Dave!
A friend who’s bold and sails the seas in search of treasures just like me!
We’re best of friends that much we know, and yes we’re same but different,
So, I hug her tight ‘cause we can see, that I am her and she is me.
Just Like Me © Kerry Gittins 2020. All Rights Reserved.
With all that has been happening in the world this past year, I felt it important to write something to help children understand that it is okay to have strong emotional reactions to situations. This book, targeted at children aged 2 to 6 years old, celebrates and promotes diversity with every character and emotion represented by a different colour and gender. The final page would have each character joined together making a wonderful rainbow.
I'm not an illustrator but at least that's how I see it in my mind!
The Colour of Me by Kerry Gittins
Sometimes I feel mad.
When I’m mad I am red.
Sometimes I feel happy.
When I’m happy I am yellow.
Sometimes I feel cuddly.
When I’m cuddly I am pink.
Sometimes I feel calm.
When I’m calm I am green.
Sometimes I am brave.
When I’m brave I am purple.
Sometimes I feel confused.
When I’m confused I am orange.
Sometimes I feel sad.
When I’m sad I am blue.
Sometimes I can feel all those feelings in just one day.
When that happens I am a rainbow.
The Colour Of Me © Kerry Gittins 2020. All Rights Reserved.