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Caterpillar Stickers: Ten Year-Old With Dyslexia Co-Authors New Children's Book

When See Ray found reading such a struggle that she developed a fear of school, her parents worked diligently to help her discover of the joys of reading. With new-found confidence and skills far beyond her years, See Ray has co-authored a new children’s book that proves anything is possible.


Dallas, TX -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/24/2012 -- Following a heart-warming story of personal triumph, one Dallas-based ten year-old is delighted to announce the launch of her new children’s book. However, unlike most authors, See Ray faces challenges that make her achievement extra special.

See Ray faces the daily struggle of Dyslexia. Something that, when her dislike of reading reached a peak, caused an understandable fear of school. However, seeing it as an opportunity to thrive, See Ray’s parents stepped in.

“To overcome this we worked extra hard with her and showed her how wonderful books and reading can be – even if it is hard,” says Ruth.

She continues, “In the last few years, we started creating our own stories, eventually leading to the publication of our first Children’s book - Caterpillar Stickers: Be Yourself and Be Butterfly Beautiful.”

Official synopsis:

Ayanna lives in caterpillar village with a big loving family. Her sisters, Rosie and Tulip, attend the local Bug High and go through a lot of trouble each and every day to prepare themselves and make themselves different by applying caterpillar stickers.

Caterpillar stickers are sticky butterfly wings, but they are not real, as they are just stuck on “stickers”. Rosie and Tulip think wearing the caterpillar stickers make them beautiful. Ayanna wonders if there is a better way to look “butterfly beautiful”. Ayanna is sure she does not want to wear caterpillar stickers and pretend to look like a butterfly, as she wants to transform and be a real butterfly. Ayanna learns the secret of transformation and sets out on her journey to become a beautiful butterfly. Ayanna’s name literally means “beautiful flower”.

Targeted at younger audiences, the book shares the message that anything is possible.

“It is a wonderful, cute story about decision making and working hard to achieve your goals – plus it is beautifully illustrated! It’s a microcosm of the challenges that See Ray faced and overcame. She put her mind to it, and look what happened…” Ruth adds.

Ruth and her Daughter are keen to use their experience to spread the word about the American Dyslexia Association, a non-profit Organization that has proven invaluable to See Ray and her family.

“The ADA offers free resources for dyslexia training. They are invaluable and have changed our life for the better,” Ruth concludes.

Caterpillar Stickers: Be Yourself and Be Butterfly Beautiful, published by AuthorHouse, can be purchased here: http://bookstore.authorhouse.com/AdvancedSearch/Default.aspx?SearchTerm=Caterpillar%20Stickers

YouTube trailer: http://youtu.be/1eNfD0VGFTc

About Sierra Rene Flad
Sierra Rene Flad is 10 years old and attends 5th grade in Dallas Texas (Plano ISD). She loves to sing and act and is very involved in theatre acting at the Plano Children’s Theatre. She aspires to one day be a Marine Biologist. Sierra struggles with the challenges of dyslexia on a daily basis. Wonderful teachers and special programs developed for dyslexia have helped Sierra learn how to read. She is now near her grade level for reading but writing and spelling continue to be challenging. Her success achieved through acting, singing and writing stories and play scripts give her flight to soar above these daily challenges.

Ruth Flad was raised in Beaver County in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. In 1986, she moved to Los Angeles, California, where she met and married her husband Steven R. Flad, her best friend for nearly 25 years. They were blessed by God to adopt both of their children, Luke in 1998 and Sierra in 2002. When Sierra was in Kindergarten and First grade they realized there was a problem with her abilities to read and write. After much investigation and testing it was determined in May 2010 that sweet little Sierra had dyslexia. Dyslexia can be very frustrating but they were not about to let it cause Sierra to dislike reading and writing. Ruth has worked in the pension/retirement business for about 27 years. She enjoys working from home in Dallas, Texas for a pension software company that services retirement plan providers. Her greatest joys come from being a wife and mom.