“High Achieving Siblings Write Groundbreaking Childrens Book About Foster Care”
George C. Fraser, recently inducted to the Minority Business Hall of Fame and Museum, founder and CEO of FraserNet, and his sister, Emma Fraser Pendleton, former Assistant Superintendent of Schools and graduate of Harvard University, have written a ground breaking children's book based on their 14 years in foster care. "Who Would Have Thunk It!: The First Adventures Of The Fraser Foster Kids," is the first major children's book written about foster care, by foster children. This unique retelling of their experiences, although based on their lives, is autobiographical fiction of how they wished it could have been - and never really was...
Both George and Emma are clear as to why they choose to write what they refer to as a "factional" account of their experiences. "The foster care system serves a critical role in the placement of millions of needy children, and although our placements were far from ideal, many foster homes are wonderful places that nurture the emotional, academic and social development of children, but are in serious need of loving and caring parents, especially for Black and Hispanic children."
Targeted for tweens, "Who Would Have Thunk it!" was written through the eyes of three siblings: Emma, George and Joseph, who were placed in several foster homes in the 1950’s & 1960's. The book was written to reinforce basic moral and spiritual principles missing in so many children today; to encourage and give hope to the multitude of children who for various reasons must enter the foster care system; and, to inspire and teach the valuable lesson that it takes "Team Work To Make the Dream Work!"
The story of the Fraser foster kids reinforces the power of relationships and collaboration. Simply stated, it is a networking primer that teaches children that success in life is largely dependent upon the friends you choose, and how working together to accomplish a goal is far more rewarding and productive than doing it by yourself.
Did our authors understand these concepts as young children? Admittedly no. But as adults looking back upon their foster child experiences growing up on the streets of New York, they realized that the numerical equation of 1+1 does not equal 2, but 11 when applied to the exponential power of teamwork! This principle so colorfully demonstrated in "Who Would Have Thunk It!" is the cornerstone by which George and Emma have built their lives and highly successful careers.
Children will love this heartwarming story that depicts the hardships, struggles and joys of the Fraser Foster Kids and their cadre of young friends who through team work, and the devotion of their new foster parents, triumph over insurmountable odds around fitting in and taking first place at the school project. "Thunk it!" is also an appealing must read for adults, who can read between the lines and empathize with foster children based on the candor and true life details revealed in the Foreword and Introduction.
"We had three major objectives when we wrote this book,” said George and Emma:
1. To teach all children important lessons based on our lives and success.
2. To give a positive voice to foster children and the foster care system that disproportionally impacts Black and Hispanic children.
3. To encourage other very successful adults to publish their life lessons in the voice of a child because this is where the work is most needed, especially in minority communities.”
“Can you imagine a children's book on the joys of science and math from Albert Einstein or Neil deGrasse Tyson? Can you imagine the impact of a children's book on entrepreneurship by Bill Gates, P. Diddy, or Damon Johns of FUBU and Shark Tank TV fame? Can you imagine a children's book about a woman in politics written by Hillary Clinton or Condoleezza Rice; or a written account by successful high profile thinkers and personalities impacting popular culture today? It would be groundbreaking phenomena for our nation's youth,” said George and Emma.
"Who Would Have Thunk It!" sets the stage for a whole new focus of children's literature.
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