PIGEON FORGE (press release)—East Tennessee Native, Sherri Elizabeth (Hunt) Tidwell, wrote and illustrated a book for grieving daughters titled The Daffodils Still Grow. The book is tentatively scheduled to be released in March of 2015. However Tidwell narrates the story in a 3-minute video that can be viewed for free online. Preorders are being accepted through a Kickstarter campaign until March 12, 2015, which allows consumers to either receive the book at a discounted price or request an autographed copy.
The Daffodils Still Grow was inspired by diary entries of Tidwell after the death of her mother when she was 14. Tidwell’s mother, Sharon Baker Hunt, was the librarian of Alcoa Elementary School in the 1980s and 1990s. “(Being a librarian) my mom… always wanted me to write and illustrate children’s stories, so I wanted to write and illustrate at least one to carry on her dream and honor her memory,” said Tidwell.
The Daffodils Still Grow received several positive reviews from nonprofit organizations that deal with grief. Kerry Menn, LPC-S, Director of Programs, Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas said, “This touching book so beautifully illustrates the complexity of a young girl’s grief journey and how love leaves a legacy and hope. Our counseling team will share this book with their families to inspire and help them carry the legacy of their loved ones into the future.” After Talk Grief Support called the book “inspiring.” Katie Etzkorn Wedding of Wicki’s Wings: Gifts for Grieving Children, reviewed the book as “beautiful” and important for any age.”
The video of the book can be viewed at www.facebook.com/thedaffodilsstillgrow or http://youtu.be/N-W_ok28nI4. To access the Kickstarter campaign, preorder a copy or make a donation to help Tidwell make the book available to more grieving children, visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/303435806/the-daffodils-still-grow-children-grief-bereavemen.