Everyone needs a little magic in their life, and kids are no exception. In The Magic Straw Hat, author Karen Jonice Bricker combines her own family history and her unique creativity to share the story of Caitie, a young girl who discovers her great-grandmother’s straw hat and embarks on an adventure, learning much about herself and her family in the process.
The discovery of this magical hat leads Caitie, an affable young girl, on a journey that teaches her much about herself and her family history through the hat that her great-grandmother left behind. Filled with portions of stories from her own family history, Bricker uses her creativity to blend these experiences, valuable family memories, and well-loved traditions of her Irish heritage to tell a story filled with twists and turns as Caitie sees where the magic straw hat leads her during one afternoon. The story centers on what the straw hat represents and leads to a hopeful ending where Caitie enjoys a new friendship and understands more about her own family.
Bricker’s talent at storytelling comes from years of practice. Bricker has always been attracted to stories about her Irish heritage, which led her to spend time creating stories for her children and her former elementary school students. “Creating stories out of the ones told in my family for generations was a way for me to teach my own children about who they are. That same love of heritage is what I’m trying to pique in The Magic Straw Hat,” said Bricker. Her penchant for storytelling led her to spend hours each evening telling tales to her children. The Magic Straw Hat is the culmination of all of those stories.
The Magic Straw Hat, currently available on Amazon and through SDP Publishing, will lead readers on a gentle journey of family experiences that are drawn from three generations of strong, sensitive Irish women. Appealing to young children from a variety of backgrounds, The Magic Straw Hat takes the reader on a joyous adventure and shows the importance of family history, culture and the honoring of heritage.