Galveston resident Daralyn Brody’s first children’s book, “Alex and the New Shell,” has recently been published by XLibris.
The book tells the story of a hermit crab that has outgrown his shell, and his adventures and encounters with other sea creatures as he searches for a new one.
“When I looked at comparable children’s books,” Daralyn Brody commented, “I was struck by how few actually seemed to tell a connected story. I based Alex on a story that I had developed over time, that seemed to excite and resonate with children whenever I told it to them.”
The book is Brody’s first foray into children’s features; she loves children and has volunteered in many elementary and middle schools. She received her B.A. in Social Sciences, Secondary Education from Michigan State University. Much of her earlier career, however, focused on her long-standing interest in Middle Eastern and folkloric dance, culminating in the creation of her own dance troupe, the Silk Road Dancers, and production of a two-part dance video for public access TV funded by a Michigan Council for the Arts grant.
“Even when I was working mostly in folkloric dances of the Silk Road,” Brody added, “doing school assemblies was always one of my favorite activities. I loved the chance to use dance to teach geography and to introduce kids to an understanding of other cultures.”
Alex also helps to teach children important lessons, Brody observes. “An important theme in the book is responsibility—if you cause harm to someone else, even accidentally, then you need to do what you can to make it right.”
“Alex and the New Shell” is available in both English and Spanish languages and it can be obtained from the publisher at www.Xlibris.com/bookstore.