According to UNICEF, 188 countries have imposed school closings worldwide, affecting more than 1.6 billion children. While curriculum continues virtually, the lack of social interaction during global lockdowns could potentially have a lasting impact. Here in the U.S. and around the world, in-school education is crucial to child development. Children connect in this environment. They understand the need to take turns during activities and be respectful when sharing tools and interacting in shared spaces.
Author Tracy Thompson developed a children’s book series that reinforces these core values. Tracy designs Greedy Thom storybooks to allow small children to assess, identify options, and draw conclusions themselves. First in the series, Greedy Thom: A Pointed Nose Goose in Greedy Thom’s Bathtub is a fun 24-page story that imparts life lessons, problem-solving, and teaches kindness, patience, and depicts other virtues by example. The picture book is a vibrant collaboration of Tracy and her husband of 30+ years, Stuart Thompson.
“This pandemic has shown that we are all connected and need each other. The transition back to in-person activities is scary. It’s like we have to relearn society and our culture all over again. If it is this scary for grownups, imagine how scary this must be for small children,” says Tracy. “Through it all, I believe I have been blessed a lot. I’ve been encouraging everyone in my family, and I hope to encourage more people to pay attention to what’s important and go back to the basics. These Greedy Thom life lessons are simplified parables for the future generation, simple enough for children to make sense of them and figure out the lessons for themselves. Don’t tell lies. Respect others. Be kind. Random acts of kindness are always wonderful.”
Greedy Thom: A Pointed Nose Goose in Greedy Thom’s Bathtub is intended for children ages 5 to 9. Tracy’s children’s book extends from her love for her family and friends combined with her delicate way of instilling values and sharing insights. Tracy’s fourteen-year-old granddaughter, Jayla, has been her heart’s inspiration. Tracy began writing stories for children over twenty years ago and has long since realized that she has a legacy of wisdom to share. Empathy and compassion steered Tracy into a lengthy career of providing services for individuals with special needs. However, since the onset of the 2020 global Pandemic here in the United States, its lasting effects on child development soon became one of her deeper concerns.