Beaufort resident writes children's book, Mr.Puddle
The Island Packet
Oct 21, 2013 - Kimberly Harmon of Beaufort stands in the front yard of her home on Oct. 10 holding a copy of the children's book titled "Mr. Puddle
Harmon said she never imagined writing books. She's more of a comedian than a writer.
"I always tell stories," the Beaufort resident said. "And I'm always joking and making people laugh."
A utilization management clerk for the Naval Hospital Beaufort, Harmon recently published a children's book called "Mr. Puddle." This was her second book. The first one was "The Diary of a Minister's Mistress."
As you'd expect, Mr. Puddle is a puddle of water. He felt like he was a burden to everyone, Harmon said.
"People always say I wet their clothes and shoes," he says in the book.
But Mr. Puddle's friend, Little Miss Raindrop, helps him see how important he is. Mr. Doggy appreciates him because he drinks from him. Little Miss Bird likes him too. And a boy named Little Red, inspired by Harmon's son who goes by "Red," loves jumping in the puddle.
Harmon said her cousin, who is a teacher, read the book to her kindergarten students. She said her cousin told her it started to rain when she was reading the book. One of her students ran to the window and said, "Oh my gosh. Mr. Puddle is on the ground."
"The kids love it," Harmon said. "I want them to enjoy it."
Mr.Puddle Speaks on Bullying
For immediate release, please contact Kimberly Harmon:
As a child I was bullied, and I can remember feeling alone and afraid. In those days things were different from the way they are now. So when I started reading and hearing about how bullying has become so big, I felt that maybe I could play a small part in trying to make a difference in this cold world. That’s how I came up with Part II of my second book, called Mr. Puddle Speaks on Bullying. The first book focuses on Mr. Puddle’s low self-esteem and his lack of self-worth.
Mr. Puddle Speaks on Bullying is a story of how being bullied affects the lives of others. “Little Red” took a stand against bullying and made a difference, and so should we. Bullies need to know that people out there care, and that they are not afraid to do something about it.
Mr. Puddle says,” Treat everyone nicely, even those who are mean to you; not because they are nice, but because you are.”
Mr. Puddle wants to turn your frown upside down.
Lowcountry's comforting southern culture. From her youth, she dreamt of one day
returning to the place that won her heart and spirit, and upon her return,
became closely connected with her people and culture she so loved. Cassandra's
paintings show that love with vivid colors of the southern seasons and images
of good old southern living.Joining the Featured Artist on November 8th—9th will be many folks
participating in "Artists & Authors Row" at this year's Heritage
Days Celebration. The Row will feature the creativity of local, regional and
national visual artists, craft makers and authors. Visit Artists & Authors
Row and find painters such as Saundra "Renee" Smith, Christopher A.
Smalls and Victoria A. Smalls of St. Helena Island, Marquita Willis of Bluffton,
John W. Jones, Geraldine Smith and Laura Young of Columbia, SC, Bruce Ingram of
Augusta, GA, Serena Hall of Darien, GA, quilters like Vermelle
"Bunny" Rodrigues of Pawleys Island, SC, Jacqueline McKenzie of
Kennesaw, GA, craft & jewelry artisans like Rose Willis of Bluffton, SC,
Mary Moore Anderson, Claudette Walker of Biloxi, MS, pottery & sculpture
artisan Elizabeth Collins and authors like J. Douglas Allen-Taylor of Oakland,
CA, Kimberly Harmon of Beaufort, SC, Dr, Phyllis Gray of Tallahassee, FL, and
William Carson of Hilton Head Island. The Row will prove to be a wonderful
addition to this year's celebration and will have original items and prints
available for sale.Penn Center is recognized as one of the nation's most significant historic
and cultural institutions. The mission of Penn Center is to promote and
preserve the history and culture of the Sea Islands and in doing this provides
many public programs for the community at large.
For more information on Penn Center, "The Art of Cassandra M.
Gillens", the exhibit opening and "Artists & Authors Row"
please visit www.penncenter.com
or call 843-838-2432.