Maria Dismondy is a Michigan author who is making spirits bright, one book at a time. We at Kleinspiration first met Maria in January, when she was launching her book Pink Tiara Cookies for Three.
Pink Tiara was a big favorite of Kleinspiration readers this past year and teaches a very valuable lesson about how bullying, even in very subtle forms, can still hurt. Since there was such great feedback on Pink Tiara, we decided to look back at some of Maria's previous works.
Similar to Pink Tiara, Maria's award winning first book also focuses on how people can and often do make a difference upon one another. In Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun, Maria focuses on one student's courage to make the right choices and stand up for what she believes in.
The heroine, Lucy, wonders how bully Ralph can be so mean as Ralph teased her about her eating habits. Lucy is one of a kind, and Ralph loves to point that out. Lucy’s defining moment comes when Ralph truly needs her help. Because she knows what she stands for, Lucy has the courage to make the right choice. This charming story empowers children to always do the right thing and to be proud of themselves even when they are faced with someone as challenging as Ralph.
In today's society, it's important to remind children that, although we are different on the outside, we are very much alike on the inside. Unfortunately, bullying has become a major problem in the United States. It's not only painful for children, but occurring at an increasingly young age. Maria's books are meant to empower children to positively handle tough situations through their timeless messages.