Hope, a white-tailed deer, and her spotted fawn, Freckles, are facing hunger and danger in their forest. Hope decides that they must leave their home and go in search of a better place where they will be safe. When they arrive at a new forest, Hope and Freckles face unexpected challenges that will force them apart. Will they be reunited?
At 71 years of age, a retired Deputy Police Chief and a retired Colonel, U.S. Army, Bill Kiley has written his first Children's Picture book. Bill holds an M.S. degree in Criminal Justice and an M.S. in Educational Technology and has been a professor in both of those disciplines. He is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Virginia and is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Bill resides on Long Island, NY with his wife of forty-nine years, Kathy. Mr. Kiley's concern for the plight of 26 million refugees around the globe is what motivated him to write his first book. He hopes that this will be the first in a series of books with the same characters.
Around the world there are some 26 million refugees. These are people who have fled from their homes because of war, genocide, kidnapping, sexual exploitation and trafficking, forced child labor, etc. Parents have chosen to flee in search of safety for their children and themselves. Their journeys are dangerous and often they become the targets of many unscrupulous people. And sometimes, when they arrive at their destination, families are separated from each other.
As an author, my challenge was how to present the plight of the refugee and asylum seeker to the 7 to 10 year old reader, i.e. without traumatizing them. With he beautiful illustrations by Mary Manning, "Hope and Freckles: Fleeing to a Better Forest" is my attempt to achieve this goal.
I plan to have a series of Hope and Freckles books addressing other challenges the face.