Sometimes you find a book that is so sweet. So wonderful and meaningful. Dancing in the Rain is just that book. It’s a collection of short stories for children and families that touch on real issues in a positive way reminding us all that life should be celebrated.
What inspired you to write this book?
Writing and painting have always been ways for me to express myself and an illustrated children’s book seemed a natural way for me to share my thoughts and experiences.
Nadha: For those children who are facing challenges in their lives, I would like for them to take away that they are not the only ones and that it is important to stay optimistic and keep moving forward. Too often it is easy to be angry or to blame or to feel self pity, but learning to appreciate what you have and living in the moment can makes things easier.
How about parents?
The children I’ve worked with are resilient and optimistic and I have learned so much from them. I hope that some of that spirit has come through in the book. I also hope that this book is a gateway for parents to have honest and open conversations with their children about issues like autism or cancer. Age is not a factor in cultivating solidarity, compassion and open-mindedness.
People tend to underestimate the capability of children to comprehend nuanced concepts – and I hope that this book can be accepted as a means of inspiring dialogue.
I think parents have a huge responsibility when it comes to setting an example for their children – and getting involved in community efforts or volunteering can be a great family activity.
Being 17, I was interested in initiatives for my age group, which is how I got involved in tutoring and mentoring programs for high school youth from different communities in Toronto. After that, I just kept building on my experiences and interests !
I would recommend that everyone ask themselves what they’re interested in and what they love doing – and then turn that into something that inspires and has a positive impact. Kids have some of the best and most creative ideas. Never underestimate what you can accomplish and don’t ever think you can’t make a positive difference because of your age or any other factor.