George the Giant Giraffe and His Coloring Carnival

Xlibris Corporation
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A percentage of young children in today’s world just don’t how to “stick to it.” They want everything easy and handed to them on a silver plate. When it is not, they whine and step away from the activity or the learning experience, and unfortunately, most of them never come back to that situation or encounter again. That is why other countries have surpassed us in the technology race. They are just hungrier for the learning and more persistent in the effort. They don’t let failure turn them away from their effort of learning. The theme of my story is taking a little boy who wants to give up because he thinks he is a failure. He doesn’t want to try anymore because his classmates have made fun of him, and now he is full of self-doubt. Even though his mother offers encouragement and positive support, he rejects it. It is not until he encounters an extraordinary creature and his carnival does his eyes begin to open. The giraffe puts him in situation where he must try repeatedly, even when he wants to give up. Eventually he succeeds and finds out that a “wall of won’t” will never entrap him again; opportunities are found in “plains of possibilities.” This theme is important because it illustrates that young kids can succeed when given alternative motivation. It shows how important it is to follow through on something you have started, even though you believe it doesn’t look so good.
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Xlibris Corporation
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Published on
Apr 10, 2015
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Pages
32
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ISBN
9781503555266
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Fantasy / Collections & Anthologies
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Tom Wilson
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Tom Wilson was raised in the rough-and-tumble world of Hamilton—Steeltown— in the company of World War II vets, factory workers, fall-guy wrestlers and the deeply guarded secrets kept by his parents, Bunny and George. For decades Tom carved out a life for himself in shadows. He built an international music career and became a father, he battled demons and addiction, and he waited, hoping for the lies to cease and the truth to emerge. It would. And when it did, it would sweep up the St. Lawrence River to the Mohawk reserves of Quebec, on to the heights of the Manhattan skyline.
     With a rare gift for storytelling and an astonishing story to tell, Tom writes with unflinching honesty and extraordinary compassion about his search for the truth. It's a story about scars, about the ones that hurt us, and the ones that make us who we are.
 
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      "There are secrets I know about you that I’ll take to my grave," she responded. And that pretty well finished that. Bunny built up a wall to protect her secrets, and as a result I built a wall to protect myself.
Tom Wilson
Our lives aren't composed like a headstone with a straight line that marks the date of the first breath we take to the last; the journey we're on is really a zigzagging series of unexpected detours. Every detour is a destination unto itself, and regardless of our plans, it's what we don't see coming that often affects us most...

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With his trademark humor and self-effacing wisdom, Tom invites you into his intimate life as he searches for hope and strength to overcome his own life detours. In an ironic twist of art imitating life, Tom reveals how Ziggy's own weekly syndicated quest for answers was the unforeseen catalyst that enabled him to say yes to life again and face his greatest challenges. In Zig-zagging, Tom and Ziggy explore the consequences of the upward, downward, inward, wayward, and sometimes backward roads of our zigzagging lives—and discover that while there is no road map for living, with a little character, you don't have to be lost along the way.

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Tom Wilson was raised in the rough-and-tumble world of Hamilton—Steeltown— in the company of World War II vets, factory workers, fall-guy wrestlers and the deeply guarded secrets kept by his parents, Bunny and George. For decades Tom carved out a life for himself in shadows. He built an international music career and became a father, he battled demons and addiction, and he waited, hoping for the lies to cease and the truth to emerge. It would. And when it did, it would sweep up the St. Lawrence River to the Mohawk reserves of Quebec, on to the heights of the Manhattan skyline.
     With a rare gift for storytelling and an astonishing story to tell, Tom writes with unflinching honesty and extraordinary compassion about his search for the truth. It's a story about scars, about the ones that hurt us, and the ones that make us who we are.
 
From Beautiful Scars:
 
Even as a kid my existence as the son of Bunny and George Wilson seemed far-fetched to me. When I went over it in my head, none of it added up. The other kids on East 36th Street in Hamilton used to tell me stories of their mothers being pregnant and their newborn siblings coming home from the hospital. Nobody ever talked about Bunny's and my return from the hospital. In my mind my birth was like the nativity, only with gnarly dogs and dirty snow and a chipped picket fence and old blind people with short tempers and dim lights, ashtrays full of Export Plain cigarette butts and bottles of rum.
     Once, when I was about four, I asked Bunny, "How come I don't look anything like you and George? How come you are old and the other moms are young?"
      "There are secrets I know about you that I’ll take to my grave," she responded. And that pretty well finished that. Bunny built up a wall to protect her secrets, and as a result I built a wall to protect myself.
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