Mackie and the Magical Nut
I thought long and hard of what I was going to use as a character. I wanted something realistic and fun. I came up with a squirrel because I haven’t seen one used in a very long time and it was something that kids see all the time, most everywhere. Also if a child was to approach ne, it would run away so they couldn’t get hurt. I believe every child and even adults lack some type of confidence and it can be very challenging to get past that awful feeling. Honestly when I created Mackie and the Magical Nut, not only did I have fun doing it, but I could see him being very popular at some point. (Big dream) When my Grandson became old enough to enjoy a story I would always tell him about Mackie and he is without a doubt a true Mackie believer. Even when he stay’s over and is a little scared at night, he has a stuffed squirrel that he sleeps with and all is well. My daughter tells me all the time when a squirrel runs by, he’ll say their goes Mackie, or one of his relatives. I have four Grandsons the youngest being two and I have to say, Mackie is a big part of our lives. The names in the book are all related to me somehow, whether it’s a niece, nephew or son in law and husband.
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