Special Memory



Fiery five-year-old Emily is semi-cooperative when her mother announces the idea of making a SPECIAL MEMORY one summer morning. She doesn’t want to get used to getting up early for kindergarten. Despite herself, Emily finds dancing in the warm rain with her older sister and mother while wearing pajamas fun until the storm changes. Emily’s mother then pulls her daughters indoors and teaches them how special memories make a difference in our lives. Emily doesn’t think a SPECIAL MEMORY will help in kindergarten until her first day when she remembers sticky wet pajamas and hair, along with warm mud squishing between her toes.

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$10.95 USA and $14.95 Canada

Picture book. Release Date:  Sept., 2019

ISBN# 978-1-64467-925-8

Adryelle Villamizar, illustrator   https://adryellevillamizar.wixsite.com/artofadry

Praise for Special Memory

Special Memory is a modest story about helping an apprehensive child overcome her worry. It sounds easy enough. Create a special memory to help balance the fear. This tender story confidently illustrates the notion in a way that will be heartening to both child and adult. Parents will thank Christina Francine for her accessible gift of wisdom, which hides a transformative life skill in its gentle pages.
— Nina Fosati, Literary author and editor

Young readers learn two lessons in this charming story (Special Memory). One, special memories can be deliberately created; and two, memories are great tools for offsetting fears and anxieties. And as a bonus, there is an activity guide at the back of the book that explores the themes therein, and, since the particular memory in the story is weather related, it also includes a great introduction to some climate essentials.
—Joan Schweighardt is the author of the children’s book No Time for Zebras, as well as      several novels.

Play with toys and watch cartoons, or go to kindergarten?  Little Emily would much rather sleep late, stay home, and play all day!  But what is it about thunderstorms and nightmares that would change her mind and make her happy to go to school?  When Mama takes the girls on an unexpected outside adventure, Emily and her sister Becky learn the importance of taking time out to create memories.  Memories can create smiles, even on the first day of kindergarten.
—Maureen Lindstrom, E. H. Butler Library, Buffalo State College


5.0 out of 5 stars – Touching, sweet story with an unusual message. This story seems on the surface to be simple, about the fears of a child about to go to school for the first time. The message is a little deeper, however — it’s about the way special, happy moments in nature and with family can help us get past our fears. We can return to those moments in our minds when we feel scared. The illustrations were really lovely, and this book has a really nice message for kids who need a little encouragement.—FRD, Amazon Reader

5.0 out of 5 stars – Really wonderful children’s book!  This is a most delightful children’s book. While the plot is about one little girl who is nervous about leaving her mom and her toys and starting school for the first time, the story has a lovely message for anyone experiencing fear about some transition on the horizon. What we learn is that you can find ways to create memories–without even leaving your house–and then bring those memories into focus when you need them, when something challenging is on your mind. Since the memory the characters make has to do with weather, the author has assembled a “fun weather activities” page at the back of the book. It includes discussion questions that teach children to take the time to evaluate what they’ve read and see how the information applies to the world around them. What a great idea! And I totally love the illustrations.—JSD, Amazon Reader
5.0 out of 5 starsA unique, sweet story. A unique, sweet story, perfect for children entering school. And it comes with a discussion guide for parents or children. If your child is ambivalent about his/her first day of school, I recommend you read this book together. Maybe dance in the rain… —-Cheryl Tardif, Author & Publisher