In His Book, “The Incredible Martin O’Shea,” Author Don M. Winn Offers Children an Important Lesson about the Time and Place for Daydreams
Children are often taught the value of imagination; however, sometimes imagination can become disruptive, especially when it begins to take precedence over school lessons. In The Incredible Martin O’Shea, author Don M. Winn teaches children the appropriate balance between imagination in reality, helping them to realize that sometimes, the only way to make their dreams a reality in the future is to start applying themselves to their current reality: their schoolwork.
Martin O’Shea thinks of everything except school while he is there; “While in the first grade fun trips he had made, the incredible Martin O’Shea. To make-believe lands with crayons in hand and his little toy men made of clay.” Martin imagines himself as a fireman rushing to a fire at his favorite canteen; he imagines himself saving the day when a computer goes down during a rocket launch; he even imagines himself as the captain of a submarine.
His parents know that he is talented and imaginative, but his daydreams are getting in the way of his schoolwork. Winn writes, “Now his parents were glad with all the talent he had, but his grades were starting to fall. For in one teacher’s note, ‘He daydreams,’ she wrote, ‘And Martin’s not learning at all.’”
Finally, a visitor who gives Martin some perspective on how to make his dreams a reality comes to speak to his class; “A doctor, a teacher, a lawyer, a preacher, you can do any work,” said O’Tool. “What your mind can conceive, you can achieve, if you pay close attention in school.’” He is inspired to apply himself to school and quickly becomes the best student in class.
This is a lesson that many children can benefit from, told through charming and catchy rhymes and a character to which they can relate. Like Martin O’Shea, Winn’s young readers will learn the careful balance between their dreams and reality.
Don M. Winn
Don Winn is the author and creator of the Cardboard Box Adventures series of interactive children’s books. Winn was inspired to write children’s stories by the warm bond that it creates between children and the people with whom they are reading.
Some of his titles include: Twitch the Squirrel and the Forbidden Bridge, The Higgledy-Piggledy Pigeon, and The Tortoise and the Hairpiece. He has also released two installments in his Sir Kaye series of chapter books. Winn conducts school visits that include reading with projected pictures, Q & A sessions, book signings, and workshops for both students and parents.
For more information about Cardboard Box Adventures, visit www.donwinn.com.
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Courtesy of: Yorkshire Publishing