Children’s Book Is Front Page News

It is a rare occasion to open the front page of a newspaper and read the headline and stories that are not are sad, disturbing and often violent.

I was delighted to read a front page headline and story that was joyful, encouraging and educational.

“Writing from Chicago” was the headline and the story feature 4 local Jewish authors. One of them being me!

The publication was the this week’s Chicago Jewish News (CJN).

Click to read the Cover Story.

A few weeks ago Pauline Dubkin Yearwood, the manging editor of the CJN, interviewed me about 2nd edition publication of Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift. It has been a pleasure and a privilege working with Pauline. Fourteen years ago, Pauline wrote a lovely article about the 1st publication of Princess Shayna and terrific article about What Color Is Your Brain?® , four years ago. Pauline is a quintessential journalist. She asks intelligent questions, accurately reports responses, includes engaging anecdotes and beautifully crafts her articles with appropriate and interesting information. I always look forward to reading and enjoying her weekly stories.

The article highlights the many layers within Princess Shayna which:

  • Is family fairy tale for children of all ages because of the child-like spirit within all of us.
  • Has a universal theme of acceptance and appreciation of differences.
  • Deals with building self-esteem and dealing with bully behavior.
  • Demonstrates that you do not have to be perfect to be love. Not even Princess Shayna is perfect. The princess has diabetes and must learn to handle  the challenges of the insidious disease.
  • Shares my about my family and Jewish heritage.


The article closes with “Rimsiyavyo“. Unless you have purchased and read Princess Shayna, the definition of  Sigmund the Royal Wizard’s magical word will be a mystery to you. If you are curious, please request the explanation in a comment for this blog post.

I promise, it’s sure to make you smile…“Rimsiyavyo“!

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  1. Laurie Buchanan on December 1, 2011 at 11:21 am

    I know you can’t see me, but trust me when I say I’m doing the Snoopy Happy Dance for you!! Hot Diggity and a HUGE Congratulations!

    • sheila on December 7, 2011 at 5:05 pm

      I cannot see you, but my “blue imagination” invisions you doing a “Hot Diggity Snoopy Dog Dance” with your Orange Fun Brain! I greatly appreicate your “Huge Congratulations”. Looking forward to doing the same for you some time very soon!

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