Local Teacher’s love of seashore turns into uplifting children’s book

ALLAMUCHY TWP. (May 18, 2014) – Kristyn Fedich has always loved the seashore. She also loves teaching young children. Fedich recently put the combination together with the release of a charming new ocean-themed book, her first publication.

“Marine life is fascinating to me, and my favorite sea animal is a starfish,” says local author Kristyn Fedich. “They are such a unique and strong ocean creature. I felt the ocean theme was a grHiRes_FrontCVR_4731883eat backdrop for a children’s book.”

That book would become “Seamore the Starfish,” a tale of a young starfish who goes on a journey of discovery through self-fulfillment.

A first-grade teacher in Warren County and a resident of Sussex County, Fedich was able to fulfill a long-held desire as the author of “Seamore,” her first children’s story. “I decided to write it because I have always wanted to write a children’s book,” says Fedich, who has been teaching for eight years. “I read so many children’s books to the students on a daily basis, that I had so many ideas running through my head. It has been a dream of mine, and I am so thankful that I was able to make that dream a reality with ‘Seamore the Starfish.’”

For Fedich, “Seamore” goes beyond a simple opportunity to write a kids’ book. It also has a strong message about the importance of self-esteem and self-discovery. “I wanted children to understand that it is ok to feel different and have uncertainties in life, but that we must overcome them and try new things no matter what the outcome,” says Fedich. “Seamore is unsure of himself and finds that in trying something new, he discovers a sense of pride and self-confidence which I feel is an important message to send out to our children.”

Seamore is a quiet little starfish unsure of the way he looks. Because of his unique shape, he feels like he does not fit in and cannot do the things that his other fish friends can do. Seamore learns that it does not matter what he looks like; he can still do anything his heart desires! In the book, Seamore learns and grows within himself, while playing with his friends Rayna and Eli under the sea.

The story line was all Fedich’s and she wrote all the words for the book. She found a wonderful partner in Hazel Quintanilla, who drew the colorful illustrations to help bring the book to life.

“I would love to write more books,” says Fedich, as she ponders what the possibilities the future might bring for her writing. “I enjoyed the process of writing my first book, and have so many ideas flowing for more adventures that Seamore could go on with his friends!”

For more information, visit seamorethestarfish.com or email info@seamorethestarfish.com.

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