I am so excited to welcome my friend and fellow educator, Miriam Hurdle, to my blog today to tell us about her new book, Tina Lost in a Crowd. She is a former teacher, administrator, writer, poet, and lover of children and books. Take it away, Miriam!
Hi Pete, I feel at home to be on a follow teacher’s educational blog. Thank you so much for hosting my Book Release Tour and allowing me to share my process from pen to publication with your readers.
The Making of Tina Lost in a Crowd, Part 2
The Story Behind the Story Tina Lost in a Crowd
The story of Tina Lost in a Crowd is partly based on fact. When my daughter Mercy was eight years old, my sister Yolanda, her husband Patrick, and their son Enoch, who was Mercy’s age, came from Hong Kong to visit us. We took them on tours in northern and southern California. One activity was going to a concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. I drove the five of us to Rowland Heights Regional Park, then we took the Park & Ride bus to the Hollywood Bowl.
The sky was dark with bright stars when the concert started. Mercy and Enoch swayed side to side when they listened to Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and smiled at each other. During the intermission, Patrick left his seat to buy some popcorn. Mercy and Enoch wanted to use the restroom. Yolanda and I urged them to catch up with Patrick.
Later, when Patrick came back without them, I panicked. Imagine losing 8-year-old kids in a crowd of 18,000 people. How would I find them? Yolanda and Patrick stayed in their seats while
I followed the descending steps between the sections of seats to where I thought they could had gone.
What happened next became one of my most favorite memories. This story is based on this unforgettable moment.
Tina invited her friend Erica to attend a popular Tchaikovsky’s Spectacular concert on a summer evening with her parents. During the intermission, her dad left the seat to buy some snacks. Tina and Erica followed him wanting to use the restroom. The shoving crowd pushed them away, and they lost sight of him. It would be impossible to fight through the 18,000 people to find him or go back to Tina’s mom. What would the girls do?
This story tells about what happened to Tina and Erica after they got lost. Children can adapt to the learning from different situations they may observe or encounter. Adults could have discussions with the children about the situations to help them develop problem-solving skills.
Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B091M586M7 Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w?ean=2940162309741
My Book Review
Tina Lost in a Crowd is a fun and helpful picture book that shows children what to do if they get separated from their parents or supervisors at any large public gathering. Instead of panicking when Tina and her friend get separated from Tina’s parents at an outdoor concert, the girls keep their heads and remember what to do. They stay in one place until help arrives. Based on a real life-experience, Miriam Hurdle’s story teaches a valuable lesson to kids in a non-threatening and sensitive manner. I would recommend Hurdle’s book as an educational tool for parents as a valuable resource before taking their children and their friends on an outing to the zoo, sporting event, mall, or other public places where there are likely to be lots of people.
About the Author
Miriam Hurdle is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She published four children’s books at twenty-six years old. Her poetry collection received the Solo “Medalist Winner” for the New Apple Summer eBook Award and achieved bestseller status on Amazon.
Miriam writes poetry, short stories, memoir, and children’s books. She earned a Doctor of Education from the University of La Verne in California. After two years of rehabilitation counseling, fifteen years of public-school teaching and ten years in school district administration, she retired and enjoys life with her husband in southern California, and the visits to her daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughters in Oregon. When not writing, she engages in blogging, gardening, photography, and traveling.
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Amazon Author’s Page: https://www.amazon.com/Miriam-Hurdle/e/B07K2MCSVW