New Hope News Interview by Lisa DeAngelis

I’m happy to share the article In the New Hope News by Lisa DeAngelis

New Hope News – June 2017 by Lisa DeAngelis

The article reads:

“Mother of four, grandmother of ten, and a former teacher, Sherrill S. Cannon knows how to entertain children while engaging adults at the same time. Following publication of her first book in 2009, Sherrill went on to write eight more children’s stories that have garnered 47 Awards. Inspiration for her first book came when one of her granddaughters, after hearing the Christmas story, asked, “But where’s Santa?”

Santa’s Birthday Gift answered that question, and solved an ongoing dilemma for many parents: How to tie two holiday traditions together into one inspirational tale.  Sherrill’s first book did just that by relating the story of Santa’s trip to Bethlehem on that first Christmas and his promise to bring gifts to good boys and girls every year after.

The holiday book was followed by Peter and the Whimper-Whineys, a tale of “a very small rabbit who did nothing but whine.”  Sherrill tried to show children that no one likes being around a whiner and that there are more positive ways to make requests.  She succeeded because the book was an Award Finalist for USA Book News.

Then came The Magic Word, recipient of the 2011 Readers Favorite Award, a story about Elisabeth Keys, who “never said thank you, excuse me or please.”  Elisabeth pays the price for her rudeness when “no one wants to come to her birthday party.”

Gimme-Jimmy, Indie Excellence Finalist, echoes the story of Pinnochio.  In this case, the greedy little bully finds that his hand grows larger every time he says the word “Gimme.”  When Jimmy finally learns to treat others with respect, he finds his hand shrinking back to normal size.  In the end, he shares what he has learned with his friends by writing down “Jimmy’s New Polite Rule:  To try to treat others as I’d like to be, To try to see things the way others might see, To try to be helpful, and do what is right, And to try at all times to be very polite!”

Manner-Man, the Readers Views Choice Award of 2014, tells the story of a superhero whose mission is to help control bullies.  He advises children about the harm that can be done by “hitting with words,” and he advises that if someone starts pushing, just shout out “not nice!”

My Fingerprint Masterpiece, a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award winner, is about a child who makes a finger painting in school, loses it on the way home, only to find it hailed as “Outstanding!” at a professional art exhibition.  Sherrill’s aim here was to show that beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.  Far from being pleased, the young artist merely feels misunderstood and prefers his artwork back at home hanging on the family fridge where it rightfully belongs.

Mice & Spiders & Webs…Oh My! introduces young readers to basic computer terms and won The President’s Book Award in 2015.

The Golden Rule posits a question most dear to Sherrill’s heart, “What if you treated others the way you’d like to be treated?  What if everyone did that?  What kind of world could there be?”  This volume won, in addition to other awards, both the Mom’s Choice Award and the Children’s Literary Classics Book Award.

Sherrill’s most recent book, My Little Angel, describes Angela, a tiny angel who is always there full of wise and comforting advice: “She helps me decide when to follow my heart, Or when letting my head take control would be smart.”  Angela also gives more practical tips: “She reminds me to always stay close to my mother, And never to wander away with another.”

In addition to her books, all available on Amazon and BN.com, Sherrill is the author of seven published and internationally performed plays for elementary school children.  She has been called “an absolute master of rhyming” by Mother Daughter Book Reviews and a “modern-day Dr. Seuss” by GMTA Review.  Nowadays, she spends her time travelling the country with her husband in their RV, sharing her books along the way and spreading her message:  Let’s be kind to one another.”

 

 

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