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Journey to Appleville Hardcover – December 6, 2016
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"Your kids will see themselves in this book - no matter theethnic or cultural background." ~ Lisa Nelson, The SquishableBaby
"This is a really good book. It may come off as simple at first,but give this book a chance. The characters have a strong friendship and get toembark on a wonderful journey together." ~ Jay Snook, The Good MenProject
"My mom died with a passion for diversity and there's a quoteshe left, along with her legacy, 'Diversity is an opportunity to be had, not aproblem to be solved.' This is a great book for my niece!" ~ Ashley Piper, Medtronic.
"Definitely an opportunity to fill a gap in children'sliterature." ~ Kathy Knapp, President of K2Leadership Group, LLC
"I had agood time reading this story. It is a nice story of conquering your fears anddoing things together as friends. Well illustrated." ~ Virginia Winfield, Big Readers
"Veronicadoes a good job of teaching kids to conquer fears and that they can and shouldset goals in their lives. It is nice to see the diverse group of kids involvedthat's more reflective of many of today's neighborhoods." ~ John Zukowski, Java John Z's
"I wouldrecommend this book to the children who are afraid to share their feelings andhopefully after reading this book, they will have the courage of the kids whojourneyed to Appleville." ~ Chick Lit Central, 11-yearold reader
About the Author
Veronica Appleton is a writer, advertising professional, educator and avid collector of children books. Passionate about philanthropy and uplifting youth, Veronica leverages her education to develop stories that address the everyday life of multicultural families. As an adjunct professor at DePaul University, Veronica has a strong interest in organizational and intercultural communications. Her research interests include organizational development in the workplace, communications and organizational learning, and diversity and inclusion within workplace environments.
In addition to her professional and academic roles, Veronica is also a multicultural children's author and her debut book, Journey to Appleville, shares a tale of diversity for all multicultural families. Veronica has been featured in Diversity Journal's Top Professionals in Higher Education, received the Relationship Advocate Award from Chicago's Perspective Charter Schools, received the Champion of Growth Award from Coalesce Chicago, named the 2017 Chicago 35 Under 35 Schools, and received a nomination for the 2016 Bill Sharp Award. She is a native Chicagoan.
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The six children traveled across the land on their bikes towards Appleville. They travel past a barn with animals, and a wall full of apples that reached to the cloud in the sky. Here they found a map that led them to Appleville.
As they arrived, they saw the golden gate and the Appleville fairy. True to legend the Appleville fairy offered to help each of the children with their dreams and goals. Each child then introduced themselves and told the fairy their goals and dreams. Afterwards, the fairy gave them each a golden apple and praised them for their bravery. The fairy then invited them all to come back to Appleville to work to accomplish their goals. As the children returned home they shared their days activities with their families, and expressed that they were all looking forward to their next trip to Appleville.
This book was simple in concept, but it allowed for a more meaningful conversation to be had with your own child or children after finishing reading it. My children loved this book, they enjoyed the illustrations and at the end there was a page dedicated to what you would like to ask the Appleville fairy? In this conversation, I learned that my son was afraid of the dark, something he had never admitted to previously. Invaluable information! Also, it leaves the door open for lots of other Appleville adventures...My children and I hope to see some more!
I was given the opportunity to read and provide a honest review of this book through NetGalley, the publisher, and the author herself. Thank you!!!