Keep That Internal Happiness Flowing
Oliver the Oyster and the Cheerless Clam follows a sad clam who moves into the harbor and learns how to find happiness from her new friends. What was the inspiration for the setup of your story?
It is my personal belief that children today face many more challenges than we ever did growing up. With that being said, I find that it is very easy for them to allow unfair situations in life to take a negative hold of their thoughts and emotions. As such, I wanted to write a story that provided children not just an opportunity on how to overcome those hurdles, but also to encourage them to live every single day full of happiness and joy just as God intended us to.
Clara struggles with her past and the disappointment she has had in life and learns how to find joy again. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?
It was my hope and prayer that children will be able to identify with a challenge faced by any one of the characters. Whether it be a medical condition, a bad test score in school, a feeling of not being included, every challenge or unfair situation is one that all of us at some point in our lives have faced. However, the key is how the character was able to put aside the situation and keep that internal happiness flowing.
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
I truly just wanted children to understand we are the ones who decided if we will live our lives full of happiness. We all go through unfair situations, but those situations are not the boss of our happiness, we are.
What is the next book in the Oliver the Oyster series that you are working on and when will it be available?
“Oliver the Oyster and the Lost Lab” is the next book in the series that I am planning on releasing this coming November. Here’s a little teaser. While Oliver and his friends are enjoying another beautiful early morning sunrise on their beach, a lost silver Labrador comes running down the sand and falls down exhausted before them. With the help of his friends Cathy the crab, Miriah the mermaid, and Clara the clam, Oliver the oyster goes on a fun-filled adventure to help reunite Mac the lab with his family.
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Oliver the Oyster and the Cheerless Clam
Oliver the Oyster and the Cheerless Clam is an enchanting children’s book in the coastal town of Wellfleet, MA. The story introduces readers to Clara the Clam, a newcomer to the harbor who has faced difficult times and feels down. But, with the help of her new friends, including Oliver the Oyster, Cathy the Crab, and Miriah the Mermaid, Clara discovers the key to a happy life.
J.B. Auchter provides readers with a heartwarming story of friendship, kindness, listening to others, and not letting the fear of the unknown stop you from being happy. The vivid illustrations and descriptions of the harbor, the living creatures, and the surrounding environment transport young readers to the seaside world and spark their imagination.
Each page is filled with exciting information about the sea, enticing young readers and leaving them yearning for more. Through the characters in the story, Clara learns that everyone sometimes feels sad, but they don’t let that stop them from being happy. I appreciated that Clara’s friends supported her and worked together to cheer her up. This is a great message for readers: the right friends will nurture and value your opinions and emotions. The message in this book is solidified with every chapter with relatable content and allows the reader to come to the basic conclusion that life is hard and we all go through tough times, but friends who listen and give their time can make a sad time a fun time.
The book’s beautiful illustrations, charming characters, and engaging storyline make it an excellent addition to any children’s library. Oliver the Oyster and the Cheerless Clam is a must-read childrens book for young readers who love adventure, friendship and learning about the wonders of the natural world.
Pages: 127 | ASIN : B0BHKZFS34
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A Simple Act Of Kindness
Oliver the Oyster and the Pearl Gifts follows a curious oyster who goes on an adventure to discover how acts of kindness can make a difference in the world. What was the inspiration for your story?
It is my personal belief that the world we live in only gets harder each and every day. As such, I want children to feel inspired, and encouraged to always help those around us. Everyone, even the closest of our loved ones, can all use a simple act of kindness from time-to-time.
What were some educational aspects that were important for you to include in this children’s book?
Some of my most favorite books have always had some sort of historical or learning aspect to them. Books like Dan Brown’s “DaVinci Code” are loaded with tons of true and made-up facts. Books like that have always inspired me to want to learn more about what they were discussing.
In my own way, I also wanted to incorporate some learning moments. I wanted my story to flow in such a way that children learned something, without knowing that they were learning something. Sort of like how your parent may have hide a vegetable in something that you were eating as a kid and you didn’t realize it at the time.
What were some goals you set for yourself as a writer in this book?
Children’s books should not just be fun, but they should also be inspiring, encouraging, and slightly educational. Those were my goals as a writing in this book.
Where does the next book in the series take the characters?
New to the harbor is Clara the clam who has unfortunately experienced some sad moments in her life. However, with the help of her new friends Oliver the oyster, Cathy the crab, and Miriah the mermaid, Clara discovers the secret to living her life full of happiness regardless of anything that has happened or could happen.
Oliver the Oyster and the Pearl Gifts
The ocean is filled with so many beautiful and mysterious things and is still over 80% unexplored, unknown, and unmapped. In Oliver the Oyster and the Pearl Gifts, written by J.B Auchter, we are taken on an incredible journey through different parts of the ocean, meeting new friends and learning some of the known mysteries of the ocean.
We begin at Mayo Beach, a popular and majestic beach where we meet Oliver the Oyster, who has lived in the mudflats his entire life. He hears people speak about how special oysters are in this area, but he doesn’t understand what they mean. Finally, Oliver’s curiosity is piqued and leads him on an adventure to answer the egging question, what could make oysters special?
This is such a charming story of what can be gained when we work together and be kind to one another. It’s an important message to display to children making this book a fantastic vessel to navigate the conversation of kindness, friendship, and selflessness. I feel this early reader chapter book would be perfect for children just starting out with chapter books and lovers of the ocean as it is loaded with information and facts about this and its creatures.
Oliver the Oyster and the Pearl Gifts is an entertaining and educational children’s story that even adults may learn a few things from as they go on this adventure. The lessons of kindness and friendship are mixed in with facts about the ocean and the wildlife that lives in it. Families and classes will enjoy reading this heartwarming story together and using it to open up discussions on spreading kindness to all.
Pages: 61 | ASIN : B0B61VY6ZM
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