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Hope and Freckles: Fleeing to a Better Forest Hardcover – June 1, 2020

4.5 out of 5 stars 23 ratings

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"What a heartwarming approach to a both a sensitive and current topic! This is a must read for children (and adults) of all ages. This wonderfully written and illustrated book describes the flight of a mother deer and her adorable fawn. The two will win your heart as you root for them to find a safe home in which to thrive. Like many around the world who have been displaced by war, violence and poverty, their only wish is find a better place to live. This book expertly explains the problems refugees face around the world in such a creative way that young readers will instantly bond and have a better understanding of this worldwide problem, laying the groundwork to develop empathy for others. I especially like that the author included a section with questions for further discussion with children. I can't wait to read to my grandchildren."                                                                 

-Carole Limata, California


"Bill Kiley has given a special gift to families and to educators. For parents desiring to help their little ones understand the issues around the suffering of millions of refugees without fear; for teachers looking for a story to open the discussion on asylum-seekers and immigration: here it is. Children will love gentle Hope and recognize themselves and their friends in Freckles. Mr. Kiley, veteran and officer of the law, reveals here a heart and mind focused on the common good, on compassion, and on possibility. Illustrator Mary Manning brings the tale to rich color page by page. We’ll use the story of Hope and Freckles with the children in our parish church and look forward to the next in the series." -Rev. John McGinty, Massachusetts


"Wow. What a powerful and meaningful way to explain the plight of refugees to children through the story of a mother deer, Hope, and her fawn, Freckles. I found myself getting emotional when I made the connections between this book and what has been happening with refugees in our world. Younger children will empathize with Hope and Freckles story, while older children should be able to grasp the parallels between the book and reality. Everyone, and everything, on this planet deserves to be together in a place where they feel safe, and this book shows this concept to children in a brilliant way." -Sandy Wilmering, Canada   


"How do we convey to children the gut-wrenching story of refugees, and consider with them how to respond to their plight? Bill Kiley’s first book, Hope and Freckles: Fleeing to a New Forest, offers a moving, helpful allegory. Picture books give to children (and their caregivers) something analogous to a box of crayons or sleeve of tempera paint: an enticing palette of ideas and emotions, even wisdom, that we can use to sketch out what we most value. Empathy, courage, resilience, humor, honesty, accountability to self and others were each embodied in the stack of dog-eared favorites we kept beside our daughter’s bed or in a basket by the “cozy chair,” as she called it. In one way or another, each of those books humanized us, holding up a mirror to who we are and who we hope to be—Hope and Freckles is one of those stories."                                                   -Rev. David Ware, Maryland      


"It is amazing when a book can inspire more than hope, can inspire aid and hopefully change for the better, can inspire children to grow up wanting to be a part of help to the far-flung without homes, who learn to accept new children into their midst with open arms and play fields. We cannot know what world comes, but we can know it will be different and at times incredibly scary and inequitable and of trial . This book brings hope and widens the view of the child. Why read it to your comfortable child? Because books like this birth heart, compassion, kindness, open mindedness, justice, fairness. And so much more."-Kat Caric, California 


"This book is well written and beautifully illustrated and it is a topic that typically isn't well covered for young children. Research shows that we are raising generations of children lacking compassion. But how do you "teach" compassion? Well for one thing you model it, but you also need to have conversations about it. Someone might be critical because this book features talking deer, but using animals softens a difficult subject matter for young children. I bought this book for all my young grandchildren and I recommend it to everyone."   -Suzeebeezee, California

About the Author

Bill Kiley is a retired Deputy Police Chief and also a retired Colonel from the U.S. Army. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Bill resides on Long Island, New York, with his wife of forty-eight years, Kathy. Among his academic credentials, Bill Kiley holds two Master of Science degrees, is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Virginia and also the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Mr. Kiley has been an adjunct professor of Criminal Justice at Suffolk County Community College and at Long Island University. He is a Past President of the International Association for Property and Evidence, Inc. Bill has been a presenter and conducted training throughout the United States, Canada, and in Dubai (UAE). Additionally, Bill Kiley is the Past President of the New York State and Eastern Canada Chapter of the F.B.I. National Academy Associates. Mr. Kiley has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognition throughout his various professional careers.

As the grandfather of five granddaughters, Bill knows the powerful impact that children's picture books can have on young minds. So, at seventy years of age, motivated by his heart and his head, Mr. Kiley decided to write a children's picture book that addresses the plight of refugees and asylum seekers throughout the world. His book, Hope and Freckles: Fleeing to a Better Forest, is the first of a planned series.

Product details

  • Grade Level : 2 - 5
  • Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
  • Hardcover : 38 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1645432548
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1645432548
  • Product Dimensions : 8.4 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
  • Publisher : Mascot Books (June 1, 2020)
  • Reading level : 6 - 10 years
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
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