Pat Black-Gould

Award-Winning Author

The Crystal Beads in Trinidad and Tobago

Feb 07, 2023 by Pat Black-Gould
diversity, inclusion, caring, compassion, Holocaust, Holocaust education, Trinidad and Tobago, The Crystal Beads, Lalka's Journey, Mike Nero and the Superhero School
Natasha Carlow, who lives in Trinidad and Tobago,  purchased my book for her two elementary age children. Then one day, without Natasha knowing about it, her seven-year-old daughter, Kyleigh Rose, brought the book to school with her for Read Aloud Time. According to Natasha, the teacher read the book and the children loved it and had a lot of questions. Another little girl in the class borrowed the book to bring home and read to her little sister. Then, the story of a lost child of the Holocaust, made its way throughout the school.

In addition, I received a review from Kyleigh--my first review from a seven-year-old:
"Hi Auntie Pat. My best friend Rebecca and I love your book. I got so sad when I read about how mean some people were but I love how Lalka learned to pray and how smart her mother was in saving her life. I also loved the pictures."

It's such an honor to see Kyleigh Rose pass on Lalka's messages of compassion and caring for each other--despite our differences.Then again, maybe I shouldn't be so surprised that she had such empathy and understanding. Her mother, Natasha, is the author of a children's book called "Mike Nero and the Superhero School."  In this book, the author introduces her readers to a wide variety of different superhero children, including those with autism, cerebral palsy, as well as others who are deaf or blind. Inclusion, diversity, and acceptance are themes of Natasha's story, and themes that were already familiar to Kyleigh Rose.  

Natasha M. Carlow's book is available on Amazon and other bookstores.