The Boy Who Dreamt of Fire Trucks by Alvita Mack
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 26 pages
Genre: Children's Books, Cars, Trains & Things That Go, Cars & Trucks
Publisher: Mindstir Media
Release date: September 26, 2016
Tour dates: May 28 to June 22, 2018
Content Rating: G
About the Book
This story is about a little boy who is fascinated by fire trucks. Throughout his early life, he has dreams about the adventures at the station and the exciting life of a firefighter. The little boy holds his dreams close until one day they become a reality.
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My Inspiration for Writing The Boy Who Dreamt of Fire Trucks by Alvita Mack
The way this book came about was truly by accident. I have a son that experienced some developmental delays early on, so I was always searching for interventions to support and strengthen his skills. My son has always been an artist at heart and really enjoyed drawing pictures. When he was four years old, I began to write simple sentences to go along with his drawing. Before I knew it, that activity became a hobby for us that we both enjoyed immensely. Not only did we bond with one another in the process but we were able to work on his speech development at the same time.
Most of Roman’s beginning drawings were firetrucks and fireman. He became fascinated with firetrucks when he was two and half, so a lot of his illustrations were based on what he was most interested in besides the typical drawing of mommy and daddy. One day we were sitting in bed, and I just finished reading the book “Fireman Small” to my son. After we were done he decided to draw a picture of a fireman and firetruck. Once his illustration was completed, I began to jot down some simple sentences to go along with Roman’s picture. Before I knew, I had a page full of words that happened to rhyme.
Roman was excited to have a story that matched his drawing, and I was happy to just spend quality time with him. Later that day, I showed my husband the picture Roman drew and I read the story out loud, my husband looked at me and said, “That’s actually really good, you should publish it”. I thought about it for a second, but I remembered I was still in the process of publishing my first book that I co-wrote with one of my best friends. The thought of taking on another project before completing the initial one was overwhelming to say the least.
A couple of weeks later, I was speaking to a friend, and I happened to read the story to her on a whim, and again I received great feedback. In that moment, I thought I was a little crazy for attempting to begin the publishing process all over but I told myself it was different this time for a couple of reasons. This book was truly a labor of love because, it was based on my little boy, and I have purchased countless informational and fictional books based on fireman, and none of them really mirrored my son. He was always aware that he was different from his peers, and I felt it was my responsibility as his mother to ensure him that his differences just made him unique and special. Now he embraces his long luscious brown curls and he knows that his best is what we expect from him.
I always try to instill the importance of working hard and never giving up on yourself, because essentially you are your biggest cheerleader. You have to believe in yourself and your abilities to accomplish anything but especially greatness. The process of making this book was really cool because everything was approved by my five year old. All of the illustrations mirror his real-life interests, such as, Tae Kwon Do and Soccer. All of the numbers throughout the book are significant and correlated with my son’s birthday. All in all my son inspired this story.
About the Author
Alvita is a lover of writing, a teacher, and most importantly, a mom. Writing has always provided a creative outlet for which she finds sensible solutions. Having a son with developmental delays was very challenging for her. However, she used books and original stories to help him overcome the obstacles he faced at an early age. Alvita believes that the imagination is truly a key that unlocks the doors to an endless journey.
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