Publisher’s PRESS RELEASE (Ambassador International)
New Book Uses Lovable Yellow Lab to Teach Water Safety
Book Includes Discussion Questions, Creative Activities and Safety Tips
Barkley, a friendly yellow lab, escapes from the backyard and sets out on a grand adventure. But when a casual dip in a neighbor’s swimming pool nearly leads to a drowning, Barkley learns a very important lesson. According to the CDC, every day about ten people die from unintentional drowning with children between the ages of 1 and 4 having the highest drowning rates. Barkley’s Great Escape (Ambassador International; March 2015; $14.99, hardcover) offers parents and educators a way to open and expand the important conversation of water safety with young readers.
Just like a child might feel, Barkley is enticed by the nice, cool water in his neighbor’s swimming pool. At first he enjoyed splashing in the water, but soon he realized it was deep and he was in trouble. Eventually his barks for help were heard and Barkley was rescued, but author Wanda Wyont wants children to know the dangers of swimming without supervision. “This is such an important lesson for parents to cover and Barkley helps introduce it in a fun, but memorable way,” explains Wyont.
Barkley’s Great Escape also includes free resources including teaching strategies geared towards children between the ages of 4 and 8. Wyont drew from her extensive experience in education to develop discussion questions, creative activities and promote language development. As an animal lover, Wyont also included tips for interacting safely with dogs.
About the Author: Wanda Wyont has worked in the field of education over twenty five years in many diverse backgrounds. Her teaching experiences range from preschool to college age. She holds an MA in Birth-Kindergarten and has presented multiple workshops at national venues. She has written and published numerous articles and papers on children’s issues. As an experienced storyteller, Wanda encourages children to become good readers and writers. This is her second children’s book.
The book is sold exclusively online at Barkley’sCompany.
With the order, the author will be most happy to sign and inscribe the book.
Barkley’s Great Escape captures the polarized feelings that children experience when they venture beyond the boundaries their caregivers have established. Just like a lovable child who will push the limits of safety to pursue the joys and excitement of freedom, the lovable Barkley also demonstrates the panic and fear caused by an innocent mistake of venturing alone. The “child” in Barkley lives in every child.
Dr. Don Ammons
Vice President for Academic Affairs
I absolutely loved Barkley’s Great Escape! This is a must for dog lovers; Wanda Wyont has captured the thoughts of all dogs who long for an adventure, but are not ready for the outcome! The illustrations are vivid, and the characters’ expressions are spot on!
College Liaison/English Instructor