Odd Ozzie - A Children's Book by Local Author Lisa Cione
Odd Ozzie – A Children’s Book by Local Author Lisa Cione
by Brian Coll
October is Bullying Prevention Month and I thought we could spotlight a local author Lisa Cione who wrote, and illustrated this great book called Odd Ozzie. Odd Ozzie is about an ostrich who is removed from his environment and moves to a zoo. He is surrounded by unfamiliar birds and they aren’t as nice to him as they could be. He has a hard time “fitting in”, but our hero learns how to be himself and the other birds eventually embrace him for who he is, and he’s pretty awesome….
Here is a little something about Lisa and what inspired her to write the book (we took this from her author page).
Odd Ozzie – A strange bird’s journey to finding friends
Lisa was inspired to create Odd Ozzie after leaving the corporate world and becoming a stay-at-home mom to raise her son.
After viewing several news reports involving bullying, especially among young children, Lisa was determined to write and illustrate a children’s book regarding social acceptance and bullying. Social acceptance begins to sink in with children between the ages of 6 and 8, but should be introduced to children well before that.
Odd Ozzie is a colorful book teaching young readers that it’s OK to be different, and to be tolerant of others differences. Odd Ozzie is also a great instrument to discover if children are encountering social issues of their own.
And here is how you can buy the book:
Lisa is a wonderful person, and if you buy the book you are helping not only Lisa (who is a great mom and a great person) you are helping yourself raise your children with an easy way to bring up bullying and acceptance. My kids are still little but I can see kids have their friends at a young age. I would like to think my kids are the type of kids who will play with anyone with a smile… but reading this book to them helps guide them in the right direction if you will. Not every kid is as fast as the next one, some kids wear glasses or braces or could be in a wheelchair. At the end of the day, they are all kids and in my opinion Odd Ozzie can start a tiny ongoing conversation with your kids.