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A New Book for Kids: A Puppy’s Journey of Resiliency During Loss and Hardship
Cleveland, OH, October 2015 – A true collaboration between Kasey Crawford Kellem and her rescued Pit Bull, Belle Eve, teaches kids how to be resilient during loss and hardship. Anything is PAWSible if you believe! This heart-warming story of one dog’s trials during one of her owner’s journey with cancer and after losing him and rising out of the ashes of despair with a unique outlook and resilient attitude engages readers of all ages. Everything is narrated by Bella Eve herself and based on her actual life story with her owners Craig and Kasey Crawford Kellem.
“The inspiration to write a book with Bella Eve came after I was done writing my adult book: Don’t Stop Believing: Our Journey with Cancer,” said Kellem. “I wanted to inspire and help children to get through loss and heartache. There are many kids who know someone or an animal with cancer, but they do not know how to cope with the experience and have a hard time expressing their feelings about the situation. I felt by writing Bella Eve’s story, kids would know they are not alone in these struggles and would gain skills to cope.”
Children of all ages will relate easily to Bella Eve and her story of losing her owner to cancer. The book includes information on a wide range of topics from being resilient to not letting go of dreams even in a time of loss, believing and trusting those around you, finding joy in life around you in hard times to not giving up on loved ones and friends. Each topic is uncovered as Bella Eve and Kasey journey through life during Craig’s illness and after his death. The format is designed to resonate with readers of all ages and open conversation about resiliency, hardship and loss.
“The book really allows kids to open up and share their feelings, fears and coping mechanisms,” added Kellem. “I’ve even had adults cry and share experiences with me after reading the book.”
Those who own dogs know they are far more than just animals; compassionate, intricate souls with deep emotions and thoughts. Kasey Crawford Kellem’s rescue Pit Bull fits the description to a tee. In fact, she is such an inspiration that Bella Eve and Kellem have plans to write more books together.
“Kasey is a big believer, teacher and role model of being resilient,” stated Halo Publisher Lisa M. Umina. “Bella Eve also has a motto she shares in her new book, too: Anything is PAWSible if You Believe. This is repeated in the book multiple times, and I hope readers will gain the five skills needed to face adversity with resilience.”
Bella Eva and Kasey Crawford Kellem’s dream is to inspire people of all ages to live life with happiness, gratitude, courage, faith, and determination despite adversity. They believe!
You can purchase Bella Eve: The Bounce-Back Dog through Halo Publishing’s website (http://halopublishing.com), Amazon, B&N and local bookstores.
Bella Eve lives with her mother, Kasey Crawford Kellem. Bella enjoys going for car rides and long walks with her mommy. When she is home, she plays in her yard socializing with any dog or person who visits. Bella hopes as a therapy dog she can help children learn resiliency skills and cope with their challenges in life.
Kasey Crawford Kellem, a school counselor, has devoted her life to helping others facing adversity overcome their challenges and be resilient. She earned a bachelor and master’s degree in special education and an educational specialist degree in counseling. Kasey is the author of Don’t Stop Believing: Our Journey with Cancer and five Mind Over Matter children’s books: Believe; Love; Relax; Laugh; and Dream. She is a recent widow, stepmother, sister, daughter and friend to many.
Bella Eve: The Bounce-Back Dog by Kasey Crawford Kellem, publisher Halo Publishing, Int.
This is a wonderfully inspiring picture book about a rescue dog and how she graced everyone’s life by her resiliency and unceasing love, including her daddy’s life in the final stages of cancer.
This is a story about Bella Eve. She was born on August 21st, 2013 along with her three siblings. Her first home was in a dangerous neighborhood and her mommy and daddy didn’t properly care for her and her siblings. So, the police took them away and they were brought into a shelter.
They stayed at the rescue for six weeks. They all hoped that they would be adopted by a loving family who would give them a forever home. One day, Bella Eve got her wish and a kind loving family came to pick her up. However, she was sad to leave her siblings. But somehow she thought it would be okay.
She found out later that she was a birthday gift for her daddy who was dying of cancer. Bella Eve believed that all would go well. But as her daddy got sicker and sicker, she continued loving him and wishing that he would get well soon. But sadly things only got worse, and one day, her daddy didn’t come back. She was very sad. But she still tried to be hopeful and carry on, despite some sad days.
This book will be enjoyed by younger and older children alike. It is a book that shows the value of resiliency and how one little puppy showed everyone that life is really what you make it. Thank you Kasey for such a wonderful picture book!