Sammie the Doodle
Thank you for taking the time to read our book. Sammie has brought laughter to our lives with silly romps and infectious innocence. We are blessed to have her furry presence in our home!
My personal background includes a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of Cincinnati in Psychology. I have worked with children in the educational and mental health fields. Engaging children in the Early Childhood Education field has filled my heart with joy. Some of my fondest memories have included reading books to the little ones and listening to the classroom fill with their giggles and belly laughs! Such unbridled joy is contagious.
I am a huge believer of challenging children. Having worked in the Head Start division of a non-profit agency in Cincinnati, I was reminded how critical early literacy is to children. Exposure to an expanded vocabulary, used in the correct context, can broaden a child’s vocabulary and increase their school success. Therefore, I have utilized word choices in order to challenge children. My goal is to have adults read this book to a child or group of children and ask, “What does lurking mean? What other word could we use in its place?” thereby creating a vocabulary lesson while recreating Sammie’s story!
The title alone is a play on words . . . with an adult asking, “What’s a Doodle?” It could be short for Labradoodle or the fact that our drawings are, in a sense, doodles. This could be explained to children in order to expose them to the concept of doodling for free art time. A director of a preschool also pointed out that our simplistic drawings provide an opportunity for encouragement when children are drawing/creating their own masterpieces. It’s okay if it’s not perfect!
I have worked with elementary and middle school children as a Quality Mental Health Specialist for the same non-profit agency referenced above. Much of what these children need guidance with revolves around loss . . . loss of a parent to addiction, divorce or death; loss of hope as they struggle to battle their way out of the grips of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder due to abuse; loss of self-confidence at the hands of a bully. The underlying theme of this book, lurking beneath the giggle-inducing antics of Sammie, is one of hope. While one may lose “bits and pieces” along one’s journey, thereby resulting in sorrow, we can discover ways to restore our joy.
The Doodle with the Noodle