Below the waves and into the deep sea, Mr. Oyster is quietly, but confidently being himself. Author, Traci Dunham debuts her first children’s book, The Oyster’s Secret with vibrant and engaging illustrations and a clever stroke of curiosity. TURNING STONEchoice had an opportunity to talk with the author and listen to her insights on this soon to be children’s classic.
What inspired you to write this book?
Inspiration hit me last summer while sitting down by the water in my hometown of Wildwood Crest. I wrote the book on the beach that day on the back of a crossword puzzle.
What was your goal in writing The Oyster’s Secret?
I wanted to let children know that their self-worth comes from what is on the inside. It doesn’t matter what you look like or what you do. Beauty comes from the inside out. Raising a daughter that is handicapped has shown me that every person has value and a purpose. I love books that have a message and too many children’s books today do not. With so many children being bullied, I want every child to know that even though they are different it is ok. I am hoping this book teaches children at a young age to accept those with special needs. I don’t think that there are many books out there that reach the younger age groups about children with special needs and I wanted to do that. I’ve experienced firsthand the lack of education young children receive in regards to this topic.
Do you have any other works in progress?
Yes – My Sister Lu Lu and Me, a story of two sisters, one who is handicapped. It is written from the point of view of the sister who is not handicapped. She talks about their differences and let’s everyone know that even though her sister is different it is ok.
The Oyster’s Secret is a delightful story, geared toward the juvenile reader with an incredible message of acceptance, self-confidence, and inner beauty. To enjoy your own copy please visit The Oyster’s Secret.
For more information about TURNING STONEchoice and our process please visit www.turningstonechoice.com.