Courageous Gilbert the Groundhog
Gilbert is a shy groundhog with many interests. He loves to collects things like cars, action figures, and rocks; and he also loves music and singing. Peter Opossum, a fellow schoolmate, teases Gilbert about his singing and no one ever makes space for him at the lunch table. One day when Gilbert is feeling very upset, he runs across the playground and climbs an oak tree in an attempt to escape the situation. To his astonishment, the wise tree talks. The tree encourages Gilbert to not focus on changing Peter, but to find a way to feel better inside and out. The tree begins with teaching him how to breathe deeply through a special rhyme and works on building Gilbert’s self-confidence. As Gilbert practices his new skills, his world begins to open up and a new friendship blossoms.
About Regina E. McCarthy (Chicago, Illinois Author)
Regina E. McCarthy, LCSW, is a Holistic Psychotherapist with a private practice in Elgin, IL. She received her undergraduate degree from Boston College, Boston, MA, and her master's in social work from Loyola University, Chicago, IL. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Wellness Institute, Issaquah, WA. She is an Advanced Heart-Centered Hypnotherapist®, an Integral Breathwork therapist, a Trim-Life® provider, and a Reiki Master. She is also a member of the SCBWI and the Independent Book Publishers Association. She lives with her husband and has three adult children and a cat named Bob. Courageous Gilbert the Groundhog is her first book.