Dream Come True For 11 Year Old Emily
11-year old Selby schoolgirl Emily Cammack's dream of becoming an author came true on Saturday with the launch of a new children's picture book 'Gentleman Sam' at Sue Ryder Manorlands in Oxenhope.
With co-author Penny Hartdale from Hart Farm in Littondale, Emily contributed to this book to help children cope with the death of a friend, family member or even beloved pet.
Emily tragically lost her younger brother Thomas to cancer 5 years ago and wanted to help other children deal with losing someone special. Penny says:
"Emily has been an inspiration and critical friend and this book would not be what it is without her considerable contributions and insights"
Sue Ryder Manorlands kindly agreed to host the event and invited a number of the children they have been helping through the grieving process.
The book launch had an informal garden party feel to it with face painting, an animal trail and the presence of a number of black Labradors, Sam's special friends from Hart farm.
The highlight of the afternoon (apart from the cutting and eating of the amazing Sam cake kindly made by Linda from Dalesman Cafe in Gargrave) was the first reading of the book.
Emily and Penny read alternate verses of the rhyming book, ably assisted by the children, each with glove puppets representing the various animals in the story.
The book has been beautifully illustrated by local artist Rob Keep from Grassington and he was there to sign books and lead a master class on sketching animals.
Emily and Penny hope the book will reach many children and give them a chance to explore their feelings.
As Jayne Clarkson, the Children's Counselling Co-Coordinator at Manorlands Hospice, says:
"All too often adults and children bottle up their feelings about someone who's died..... 'Gentleman Sam' helps youngsters along their individual journeys of grief. I will most certainly be sharing/using this delightful story with current and future clients."
Writing the book has also helped Emily along her own journey as her mother Toni reports:
"I think it's helped Emily to have a reason to think about everything she's been through, it can be easy to push emotions away but 'Gentleman Sam' has allowed Emily to explore those emotions".
She went on to talk of her daughter's ambitions:
"We had often talked about writing a book in order to help others but kind of thought it would be in the future. It's given Emily huge satisfaction that the book could potentially ease someone else's pain."
To find out more about the book, visit www.hartanimals4kids.org
Dream Come True For 11 Year Old Emily, 25th April 2017, 22:00 PM