Jericho, Vermont (PressExposure) March 19, 2013 -- Unique Book Helps Children to Value Themselves and Understand Others
In 2001, Helen Hipp went on a safari in Africa. It was a once in a life time dreams come true trip, led by her father. She went with her 14 year old son Ray, who had special needs.
The trip was particularly memorable, especially when one day, Ray spotted a pod of hippos cooling themselves in the Mara River. Standing separate and apart from the others, was one unusual hippo. She was pink! Ray named her Rosie.
They asked their guide, "why does she appear to be separated from the other hippos? Was it because she was different?" His answer surprised them and the experience became the basis and setting for this book.
A Different Kind of Safari is a heartwarming and powerful book that illustrates how self-awareness, and courage help a young boy named Raymond learn the difference between seeing things as they appear to be and seeing things as they are.
The highlights of 2001 trip are retold through the eyes of a young boy named Ray, with beautiful color illustrations by Hilary Ann Love Glass.
A Different Kind of Safari teaches that life has a way of offering opportunities and nature has a way of expressing them. This unique and powerful story provides readers with a warm and engaging tale, allowing children to make personal connections with colorful characters handling of similar concerns and challenges with acceptance.
The book will inspire children to celebrate their uniqueness and take pride and comfort in their special capabilities.
Ray Chadwick, son of author Helen Hipp, is now 29 years old. Raymond did a superb job in the recording studio playing the part of himself when creating the audio book version of A Different Kind of Safari! Ray says "it was hard work, but I was up to the challenge and I like that my story will help others the way it helped me".
A Different Kind of Safari is a creative and fun teaching tool intended for parents, caregivers, teachers, and children who may have felt at some point in their life that they were different from their peers.
About the Author
Born in Yonkers, N.Y., in 1959, Helen is the middle child of five born to Thomas Ludlow Chrystie and Eliza Balis Chrystie. Having an artist as a mother provided Helen with endless opportunities to look at things from different perspectives. Helen's father, whose work demanded strong problem-solving skills and out-of-the-box thinking, continually kept her on her toes, as well. Helen continued to take advantage of a mindset that centered on creating opportunities out of obstacles, a concept she fostered in her children, one of whom has special needs.
Helen received her M.A. in counseling and began her career as a psychotherapist to help people find answers for their life problems. Her work eventually evolved into a coaching practice, WithinU Life Coaching, focusing on individuals with special needs and their families. Appointed by Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin to the Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities Helen continues to use her 13+ years of counseling experience and 20+ years' experience as a successful advocate for individuals with special needs by helping them reveal their innate ability to solve difficult situations.
Helen has authored articles for Family Works and Washington Family Magazine and has been a contributor as a special needs consultant to FOX44 News in Burlington, Vermont. Her new adventure book, A Different Kind of Safari, combines all the best of Helen's beliefs in a tale that celebrates differences. This popular children's book puts into words the essence of Helen's teachings--addressing the many questions life asks by offering up lighthearted, ever-changing perspectives that transform personal challenges into opportunities.
About the Illustrator
Hilary Ann Love Glass grew up in Vermont and has been drawing persistently since she was five years old. Her love of children's books has finally landed her the role of illustrator for an amazing story. She is thrilled to be a part of this inspiring project and is looking forward to working on many more. She works out of her studio in Burlington, Vermont.
What People Are Saying
"A Different Kind of Safari" is certainly, like the title suggests, quite different. This isn't just a kids book. It is, in fact, a great and inspiring read about a young boy who struggles to be happy - something all, or most of us, can relate to. It offers slightly more than other children's books, providing insight in difficult themes in a light- hearted way instead of just telling a story."Majanka - Belgium
"Helen Hipp's 'A Different Kind of Safari' takes us on a journey of unlikely friendships that opens your eyes to the importance of discovering and embracing how unique each one of us is!"Sarah Bina, Life Coach - Ohio
"An inspiration to all children looking for a place in this world. Sure to become a story time favorite". Sheri Gates M.A. Activities Therapist - Vermont
"I would recommend "A Different Kind of Safari" by Helen C. Hipp for people who like adventure and inspirational stories. My favorite character was Ray with his everlasting determination to complete his quest for happiness." Evan Weldon (age 12)