Girls’ Empowerment in “A Grand Slam Anniversary”, by Chrysa Smith
“In A Grand Slam Birthday,” Dory Oslo arrives at her cousin’s birthday party, and no one looks like they’re having too much fun. In fact, the children are lined up against the wall like toy soldiers. But Dory, (from The Upside-Down Gardener), turns up the excitement once again as her cousin opens her present and finds something that turns the party upside down and into something quite unexpected. A piñata becomes baseball practice as frilly cousin Izzy tries her hand at hitting that ass with a big spoon. After a few tries, she hits the toy and its contents fly out. Balls, candies and whistles transform into the backdrop for a super exciting baseball game, complete with announcer! All the kids jump in, as the paper plates serve as bases, a big spoon as a bat and a pop ring as a microphone. The game’s MVP turns out to be none other than the unlikely Izzy, but Dory and her cousin Izzy, and the whole gang at the party learn a thing or two about having fun, trying new things, and being confident.
According to The Midwest Book Review,
Chrysa Smith comes up with a different birthday celebration theme that revolves around translating her passion into achievable and enjoyable pleasure that anyone can pursue… Her description of how two unknown pursuits end up engaging everyone the party trying something new makes for an engaging story that goes beyond the usual birthday themes to encourage kids to problem-solve more cooperatively. The message of trying new things is really a lesson in positivity and creative pursuits. This approach will delight both picture book readers and their parents who read aloud with a taste of something different.
The book is suggested for independent elementary readers (ages 6 and up), Dory fans, baseball, and fun seekers. It is available on his website: wellbredbook.net, where it can be autographed and signed, or via Amazon or the Newtown Bookstore.
Smith also writes for adults. She has a column in Bucks County Magazine and Lake & Country Magazine in Lake Geneva, WI, and has written for Costco Connections, Philly Style and others.
For more information, log on to: www.wellbredbook.net.