I find it so hard...
Many children’s authors find their voices through their youngsters Rosheena Beek’s story is similar.
The mother-of-three was transformed into an emerging children’s author in a matter of a few hours after overhearing two of her teenaged children Al-Reulle and Rosheena-Aliyah talking about how hard life was and all that was expected of them.
She penned her first children’s book as a result. ‘I Find It So Hard’ is a collection of poetry.
“[As parents] we talk, talk, talk, talk and we think it is going in one ear and coming out the other,” she said.
“You (as parents) just don’t realise how much influence you have through common words with your children and this is what I try to impart to people.
“You don’t have to stand on top of a building, do handstands; it’s every day talk that gives them the foundation.”
The book is a tool for parents, and for children to remember advice shared by their parents.
Part of the book reads: “I find it so hard to rise and shine, get up and start a new day, because mommy says, ‘God has made it mine’. I find it so hard.
“I find it so hard to eat this big bowl of Shredded Wheat, decorated with berries made from light but mommy says, ‘healthy foods make my body right’. I find it so hard…”
The book also deals with school, bullying, homework and bathing.
The book was illustrated by 17-year-old Leon Forde.
The book was self-published but has had some interest from Karen Hunter Publishing House.
“Karen Hunter is an author and a Pulitzerprize winning former journalist and is responsible for titles like the series JL King’s ‘On the Down Low’, Rajen Persaud’s ‘Why Black Men Love White Women’, books by Al Sharpton, Donda West and Mason Betha to name only a few,” said Ms Beek.
“She does the stars and their biographies.”
The book is being sold at Heritage Nights in Dockyard and at Brown & Co.
Useful website: www.ifinditsohard.com.
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