Saturday, January 23, 2010

Two Stories of Not Giving Up--- Hayseed and Sally

I like many of you receive several emails in my in box, messages on my Facebook page, and tweets by the truck load. I would like to say that I pay attention to all; but like most of us I simply don't. However, late this morning an email caught my attention, and well I have to share.

Caballo Press, has a divison called Caballito for their Children's books. Their first published title will be Hayseed's First Race by Sally Shrock. To be published in April, 2010.

Not only is the story of the main character, Hayseed, adorable but there is a lesson in it for children (never give up, love yourself, and don't let the opinions of others shape your own). Hayseed loves himself and even knowing he isn't the best looking horse, or the fanciest enters the same race as the others. A message that can easily and sweetly counteract the message children receive everyday. But more compelling is the story of the author.

Sally is not only deaf, but losing her home to a predatory lender. Sally is on the verge of being homeless if she doesn't quickly find a way to stem the tide. Many in this economy are in the same boat. What makes her story a bit different is that people who barely know her want to step up and help. The goal is to accumulate 50,000 to 100,000 pre-sale orders of her Hayseed's First Race book.

"We are going to do everything in our power to secure Ms. Shrock a large number of pre-orders in an effort to give her an opportunity to buy back her home and at the very least find a home she can move into if she is forced out of her current residence", states Caballo Press' Rudy Alvarado.

An effort to spread the word about Hayseed, the improbable race horse and his creator, Sally has started on Facebook. A fan page called "Save Sally & Hayseed" has been created by Linda Wright. Linda (a friend and fellow Horsenameographer) felt compelled to do what she could to help Ms. Shrock out.

In addition, in helping with a pre-order purchase of the book, a portion of the sale will also benefit Anna House, the non profit childcare center located on the backside of the Belmont Race Track. Caballo Press supports several non profit organizations from the sale of their books.

The Second Race wants to support the cause as well, and encourage a purchase of the book. I have placed my order.

To read an excerpt from the book, please click on the link below.

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