Self-Published Saturday is my effort to help Self-Published/Indie authors with marketing. These authors have to do it all, from cover design to editing to marketing. If I can help even a little bit with promotion, I’m happy to do it. This week’s feature is Katya’s Sunflowers, a meaningful story for children and adults, with proceeds going to Ukraine.
Katya’s Sunflowers’ is inspired by a true story and is dedicated to the current war and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine (as well as World War 2).
The book tells a story of a Ukrainian woman Katya who saved two Jewish boys during World War 2. The boys grew up and left Ukraine while staying in touch with Katya and her family. 80 years later (and after Katya’s death), when the current Russian invasion of Ukraine began in February of this year, the children of those two boys flew back to Ukraine. They rescued Katya’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, by moving the whole extended family from Ukraine to a nearby Poland.
My name is Julie. I am a half-Russian, half-Ukrainian and the author of this story. Barbara, the wonderfully talented illustrator of this book, is Polish. Our goal is for this book to reach as many people as possible as it has to do with the current crisis, which currently claims 11 million refugees and thousands of deaths. I would love for the book to be noticed and serve a cause, i.e. help children understand the current situation and place in history. All the funds from ‘Katya’s Sunflowers’ sales will be donated to refugee families. Thank you!
What a wonderful tribute to the people of Ukraine! Katya’s Sunflowers by Julie G. Fox is a Children’s story that is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. It is also both sad and uplifting. It is about the heroism and kindness that can come out in terrible times. The illustrations by Barbara Owczarek are absolutely beautiful and really are a huge part of this story. In only 27 pages, Katya’s Sunflowers conveys the horrors of war and shows us the good people who fight back and help others. It is about how the good you do will circle back to you when you need it most.
I always put up buy links for books, but I want to make sure you know that all proceeds of this book go to Ukrainian refugees.
I received a free digital copy of this book via Booksirens. I also purchased a copy. My review is voluntary and my opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
(Julie G. Fox In her own words from her website, Clever Fox Press)
When I came up with the idea for my first book ‘Goodbye, Emma’ which tells a story of a child refugee forced to leave his dog behind, I decided to start my own charitable publishing venture that would raise funds and awareness for children refugees around the world. And so, Clever Fox Press was born, a company dedicated to all children refugees. We work with charities assisting children refugees in England, Canada, Germany, Greece, Iraq, Ukraine and Turkey. Through a unique collaboration with artists and toy makers around the world, we’ve created more than 20 children’s books since January 2016, and more books are on the way. We treat children how they want to be treated – as intelligent human beings who can comprehend and explore the many social and scientific issues our stories touch on.
BEFORE YOU GO
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