“Once upon a time there was a beautiful young lady who fell in love with a tall and handsome fella …” begins Dallas author Jolie Carpenter’s new children’s book, Change Is Okay with Kacie Shay. Though it sounds like a fairy tale, it packs a more important message. After watching her niece Kacie, now 10, go through her parents’ divorce, the local author wanted to teach other children how to be as strong as she was. “Kids understand when things start changing right in front of them,” says Carpenter. “I felt a desire to help kids and parents talk about [what happens] when parents separate.” Throughout the lighthearted narrative, Carpenter makes a point of painting a nice picture of marriage, so that kids don’t lose faith. In the end, she wants kids to know that change is OK, and that “when life hands you lemons, you have to make lemonade.” That’s what Kacie did.
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