The manuscript addresses the problem of children's communicating their experiences in their own "language" based on their own way of seeing the world (and their limited language skills). The subject of the stories is e.s.p. and the book details some of the current thinking in regard to children's experiences. Books have been written about children's near death experiences, but short of the Exorcist, not many books have sought to concentrate on the broad range of children's experiences. There are, of course, metaphysical overtones to the stories, all of which are true. I can attest thereto, although I must admit that the one about the four children whose ability to know and to possibly influence events happening several miles away still leaves me wondering.
What do children know and how do they communicate their experiences are explored in this collection of short stories that focus on children's extrasensory experiences.
The little boy is special. He was born deaf and although he now hears, his early isolation has left him with abilities that no one around him seems to understand. He knows when people are going to die. He attempts to tell others but when he tries to communicate what he knows, he is misunderstood because he communicates as a child, not an adult. Even when his message is heard, it contains a mystery. What does this child know?
A young boy lies near death from pneumonia. Suddenly he has visitors. When the crisis occurs in his illness, he is not alone. Who is there and what they say influences his condition and ability to survive. He does not speak of it, however, until many years later when he declares what he learned the night he almost died. It is more than a near death experience. This is a story that has both an inspirational message and a mystery for readers to decide.
The little girl has playmates only she can see. She sees dead people and events before they happen. Her father thinks that she is bewitched or possessed until a visitor makes him look at his daughter's abilities as a gift. The story again demonstrates how children experience events and communicate their experiences. Like the other stories, it seeks to help adults understand what and how children communicate.
All of the stories are based on true life events relayed to the author by the children and their families.
About the author
Poet and author Louise Hart has been writing since she was five years of age and published since she was thirteen. A former journalist, columnist, teacher and entrepreneur, she was dubbed the new Emily Dickinson by the editor of Mustang Review, a prestigious imagistic poetry journal, for her poem, "Snow". She has also been named Poet Laureate of Greater Lawrence by the Greater Lawrence Chamber of Commerce. She currently has over 250 poems in print in anthologies, poetry journals, magazines and other publications.
In addition to her metaphysical, imagistic work, Prayers for the Temple Within, and The Illustrated Book of Trees, both available through www.e-dition.net, this versatile writer is the author of cookbooks, children's books, short stories, essays, humor, fiction and the historical non-fiction, Mill Girls and Their Daughters.
A native of Massachusetts, she is a graduate of Boston University, the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and Harvard University. She has also completed the Institute in Economic and Urban Development at Tufts University in Medford, Ma and attended law school. A business consultant and president of a non-profit corporation promoting careers in the arts, she is a former member of the National Advisory Council of the National Health Service Corps of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. She was awarded the Derek Bok Prize for Outstanding Leadership in Community Service by Harvard and similarly named to the state honor roll for Outstanding Leadership in Community Service by the American Association of University Women.