Raise Your Thoughts
Smiling is infectious; you catch it like the flu.
When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too.
I passed around a corner, and someone saw my grin.
When he smiled, I realized I had passed it on to him.
I thought about that smile, and then realized its worth.
A single smile, just like mine, could travel round the Earth.
So if you feel a smile begin, don't leave it undetected.
Let's start an epidemic quick, and get the world infected.
I am smiling because my new children's book is in print.
Roland Faissett and the Wizards of Wee Ville
Janice E. Clark
Illustrated by P. Anthony Visco
Roland Faissett and the Wizards of Wee Ville is a must-read book that depicts the curiosity, compassion, and acceptance that our young children so openly express. Roland is a child dealing with childhood leukemia. Like too many of our children, he has learned to "roll and face it" (as his name implies) through his treatments. He enters Wee Ville Elementary School wearing a wizard's hat and robe, and carries a crystal ball. What he sees in his crystal ball gives him hope and courage to move forward. His friends see nothing at all in the ball. "You must believe," he tells them.
The story is not a medical account. It's about kids being kids. The children of Wee Ville accept and befriend Roland, who is very different from them in appearance. This book ties in with my theme of random acts of kindness, which is a thread woven into all of my children's stories.
There are three important things in life. The first one is kindness. The second one is kindness. The third one is kindness. - Henry James
About the illustrator: I was delighted to meet P. Anthony Visco and his writer wife, Candace, at a local author's meeting. I am very grateful that he was willing to undertake the task of illustrating my book. He has captured the story from a soul level and presented the readers with bright, colorful pictures in my favorite painting medium, water colors.
Visco is a popular artist who resides in Plymouth, Massachusetts. He works in oils, acrylics, and water colors. Having served two tours in Vietnam while in the Navy, his love for New England, and being home, is apparent in his work.
To view his work go to panthonyvisco.com