In the spirit of the season of giving, local authors Paul and Elisabeth Schreiner are donating the proceeds of their new children’s book to support local anti-bullying campaigns.
The Schreiners, who are first-time authors, penned the recently released book, “Rudolf discovers the Cayman Islands.”
The book was inspired, in part, by the theme of anti-bullying.
The story begins with Rudolf leaving the North Pole after being bullied by the other reindeer, and follows the famous caribou to Cayman, where he discovers the wonders of the islands.
“We wanted to write a fun story about the Cayman Islands for children this holiday, but something with a pertinent message,” Mr. Schreiner said. “Bullying is a terrible affliction to anyone, in any country, even to reindeers, so it’s important to highlight the importance of standing up to bullies.”
The Schreiners are donating profits from the book’s sales to Stand Up 2 Bullying, a nonprofit organization that educates the public on bullying and how to prevent and stop it. The organization was founded in Canada after a young boy was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school.
In the Cayman Islands, the Family Resource Centre runs a Stand Up 2 Bullying Campaign.
“We all have a responsibility to prevent bullying,” Family Resource Centre program coordinator Miriam Foster said. “Anyone can be a bully or be bullied, whether adults or children, and it is our social responsibility to make people aware that this is not acceptable.”
“We are incredibly grateful for the generous donation by the Schreiner family. It’s a wonderful Christmas gift to our organization,” she added.
The book is currently on sale at A.L. Thompson’s and Books & Books.
Tower Marketing has donated its services to the Schreiners to promote the book.
“We loved the book and thought it was a great opportunity to support the local Take a Stand Against Bullying campaign. Tower has been inspired by the book’s message and is proud to be a sponsor,” Tower managing director Lynne Byles said.
Mr. and Mrs. Schreiner began working on the book last Christmas, thinking it would make a great keepsake for their two young daughters.
“At that point, our oldest daughter was just over a year and she was enjoying having Christmas books being read to her. We believe reading to children is very important and a great bonding time for both the parents and the child,” Mr. Schreiner said. “We talked about it for some time and thought a book set in Cayman would be just the right idea.”
Mr. Schreiner said they were influenced by other children’s books that contain vibrant illustrations and memorable rhyming.
He said that he and his wife were “amazed by the excitement” surrounding their new book.
“The entire process has been very fun and fascinating and we are so happy others like the book,” Mr. Schreiner said.
“We hope that everyone has a Merry Christmas and that children throughout Cayman enjoy our project.”