Whale’s Tale is pleased to host New Jersey-based, award-winning writer Traci Dunham on Saturday, November 25th from 3-5pm. Dunham combines her love for the sea with her passion to highlight acceptance and inner beauty in The Oyster’s Secret (Brown Books Kids). Dunham also encourages strength in the face of bullying. The story follows the unassuming Mr. Oyster as his sea creature friends boast about their beauty and talents. However, Mr. Oyster is not bothered one bit, because he has a secret gift of his own! Books will be available for purchase. Whale’s Tale is located at 312 Washington Street Mall in Cape May. Please call 609-884-4808 for more information.
As a mother of two daughters, including one with special needs, the significance of inner beauty to Traci Dunham is especially strong. “My books speak to diversity. They carry messages of inner beauty and acceptance,” she says. Dunham wants children to understand that it’s OK to be unique, and that beauty comes in many forms. “I want to reach out to those who are different and make them feel accepted.” When asked what reaction she hopes for from readers, she discloses that she hopes children will gain “sensitivity and appreciation for others who are different…Fears of being different hopefully will subside.”
“Everyone is uniquely special. Each child has something beautiful inside of them,” Dunham believes. She reflects this attitude through the character of Mr. Oyster, as he tells each one of his friends, “Don’t worry about me. I’m making something beautiful, you’ll see.” Join Mr. Oyster and his friends at the bottom of the sea as he reveals his special gift and teaches the importance of diversity, inner beauty, and acceptance! “We are so happy to have Traci at Whale’s Tale with her book that delivers such an important lesson for us all.” Adds Hilary Pritchard of Whale’s Tale.
- Occurred Saturday, November 25th, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm