Old Bonhomme Reading Specialist Stacy Butz just published her first children’s book through Guardian Angel Publishing entitled “A Mother’s Gift.”
Just in time for the holidays, “A Mother’s Gift” tells the story of Matthew, a boy who recently lost his father. Struggling with his father’s death, Matthew resolves to give his mother a special gift for Christmas, and in doing so, discovers the true meaning of the holiday.
Publishing a children’s book has always been a dream of Stacy’s. As an educator, she strives to use children’s literature to generate authentic conversations among her students. After losing her sister-in-law, writing became her therapy.
“This particular story was one I was determined to publish,” Stacy says. “I wanted to write about grief after losing someone tragically. I want my readers to feel hope, and to know that even though it is hard to move forward, your loved ones will never be forgotten. Love wins!”
Stacy has been reading “A Mother’s Gift” to her classes at Old Bonhomme for the past seven years. Each time she reads it, she asks the students for feedback, which helped her during the editing and revision. When she received the published version recently, many students told her they were adding it to their holiday wishlists!
“A Mother’s Gift” can be purchased both on Amazon or at guardianangelpublishing.com/mothers-gift.htm.
Although originally from Chicago, Stacy grew up in Chesterfield with her parents, Bob & Maura Whittingham and five siblings, Gina, Bob, Eric, Sara & Megan. She currently lives in St. Louis with her husband Tim and wonderful children, Matthew & Alison. She is thankful for all their support and love. She also enjoys going to school everyday to work with the students at Old Bonhomme. Her colleagues and students have been encouraging through this writing process. She would like to thank local publisher, Lynda Burch, for her hard work in getting the book published before the holidays and the talented illustrator, Marina Movshina. Stacy credits local author, Stephanie Bearce, for helping her achieve her dream. Stephanie invited Stacy to a writing critique group seven years ago and introduced her to many talented, local authors around town.
“This is a beautifully written and touching story about a young boy who is sad that his dad died, but finds hope for the future in the love of his mother. We definitely recommend this book for other teachers and their students, for families dealing with difficult times (death, divorce, hospitalizations, etc), and for counselors working with those children and their families.”
— Leah Crawford, 4th Grade Teacher
“As an educator, I see a great need for more books that speak to the losses many of our students have endured. This beautifully written story takes an honest look at the pain of losing a parent, while simultaneously infusing hope into the future. I love the part in the book when the main character’s mother says, “You know, there will be days when we feel as if everything is falling apart. But we can hang up the white feather all year long to remind us that we have something special.” I am grateful to the author, Stacy Butz, for writing this book.”
— Jennifer Riesenmy; ESL (English as a Second Language) Teacher
“I got goosebumps when I read this touching story! The author’s gentle story about grief and hope is accessible to children of all ages and would be a welcome addition to any collection. I look forward to reading this aloud to my elementary students for many years to come!”
— Susan Kelley; Librarian
“This is a beautiful story for processing grief and loss. Living through a heartbreaking experience, together this family honors difficult emotions in the grieving processing while staying hopeful about the future. I love sharing this book with my daughters as a powerful, simple message for moving through the ups and downs of everyday life.”
— Michelle Marie Brady; Owner & CEO, MMB Music, Inc., Speaker & Coach