Daniella Grsic has created another book aimed at leading children down a path to overall well-being.
The 40-year-old Stoney Creek resident, mother-of-two, and St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Elementary School early childhood educator has penned her second book, Lucky Stars. The 36-page story is meant to empower children with skills that will enable them to believe in themselves and to know that they’re capable of making positive choices.
“It’s about recognizing their own strategies and how to use supports like friends, parents, and family so that they’re able to navigate through their own issues or anything that comes their way in a positive way,” Grsic says.
Lucky Stars is a story about an intuitive girl named Rebecca whose personal thoughts from a dream navigate her through a number of adventures that provide her with situations where problem-solving skills are necessary to create a solution and find happiness.
It’s about recognizing their own strategies and how to use supports, like friends, parents and family.
The tale demonstrates various scenarios, including an adventure where Rebecca witnesses acts of kindness, an adventure where she takes an active role in solving a problem, and one where she realizes a great appreciation for the goodness and love that surrounds her.
Grsic said the story offers examples of empathy, collaboration, co-operation, thankfulness, and identification of one’s own emotions.
She’s hopeful adults will discuss with their children how to apply the lessons within their own lives, so that they feel confident to adopt those values and virtues as a natural and normal way of everyday life, she said.
“This will then aid in supporting the emotional and social development of young children by equipping them with knowledge and skills to cope with the emotional and social complexities of life that they will inevitably encounter,” Grsic said.
Grsic spent about a year working on Lucky Stars.
The book is a followup to her first story, Deep Down Inside.
That tale introduces readers to the character of Rebecca as she learns to cope with saying goodbye to an old friend. She ends up learning new skills to help her cope with the loss and discovers a solution that works best for her.
Both Lucky Stars and Deep Down Inside are part of a wellness series that includes books and supports geared toward the emotional, social, and mental well-being of children.
Grsic said both stories are true representations of life.
“These are things that, I think, children need to learn and talk about,” she said. “A lot of kids are coping with very difficult things … it’s a different age, different time. Ultimately, I want these books to help equip them with the skills that they need both now and in their later years.”
Lucky Stars is available for purchase online through friesenpress.com, Amazon, Chapters and Barnes and Noble, as well as in-store at Indigo Stoney Creek, 1783 Stone Church Rd. E., Coles in Eastgate Square and Chapters St. Catharines, 285 Geneva St. Grsic also will be holding a book-signing event on July 29, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Chapters St. Catharines. For more information on the books and wellness series, visit daniellagrsic.ca.