Maple Grove Author Releases New Children’s Book - 'The Ball That Did Not Like to Bounce'
Jun 04, 2017 07:05PM
By Wendy Erlien
Maple Grove resident and author Brandon Vreeman (photo by Wendy Erlien)
“My book, along with many others', is made to open that door in a child's mind. If a person never hears that it's okay to be different, they may never know that it's okay.”
He may be a small red ball, but George’s story is planning on reaching a big audience.
In his first published children’s book, Maple Grove resident and author Brandon Vreeman shares the story of George (a rubber ball) and his journey in “The Ball That Did Not Like to Bounce.”
“The message really transcends all ages. They [children] can really grasp the whole story at a young age. They can see themselves in George and follow him the whole way – and, it’s the hope, that it resonates with their experience,” he said.
Growing up in Southern Minnesota, Vreeman was surrounded by books from an early age. His mother, a librarian, helped guide his literary journey by providing him access to a variety of books as a young child. Fast forward to today, books and encouraging reading has continued to play a key role as a stay-at-home father of two young girls. Two years ago, he was inspired to write “The Ball That Did Not Like to Bounce” and began making strides toward publishing his children’s book – which became available to the public in May with the assistance of Beaver’s Pond Press and the book’s illustrator Tou Yia Xiong.
“My book, along with many others', is made to open that door in a child's mind. If a person never hears that it's okay to be different, they may never know that it's okay. I think that's a great thing about children's books and books in general,” he said. “It allows information to open doors and give us experiences without necessarily having to go through those things ourselves. It can give us something to look back on if we're actually faced with those experiences.”
Through his book, Vreeman is helping kids learn about accepting our differences.
“There is still discrimination and bullying happening to many people because they are different. To truly make a long-lasting change in the world, to truly eliminate these things, we need to start the change with our children,” Vreeman said. “Feeding good information to kids will contribute in making those lasting changes.”
(Photo above provided by Kristen Klein Photography)