EVERYTHING FAMILY &
"Mother of Family Ideas"
A Tale of
Diversity, Tolerance, and Love in Pumpernickel Park
40 pages, 10 3/4" x 8 3/4"
Illustrated. Full Color.
Usually shipped within 48 hours
ISBN # 0-9724249-1-1
By Tracy Atwell,
Gorp's Dream, a
delightful book that students will adore was created for
parents and teachers to sensitively begin a dialogue to show
children a positive, healthy way to interact with others. As
our world grows smaller it is imperative that children learn
that we all have similar feelings.
As parents and
educators, we make content decisions with every lesson we
teach children. We can incorporate aspects of character
education. With the changing nature of our world, we must
teach children to make good choices and be able to express
empathy toward others. This guide incorporated the efforts of
teaching values, story structure, writing, character education
children are included.
48 pages, 8 1/2" x 11"
Usually shipped within 48 hours
ISBN # 0-9724249-2-X
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to placing an order.
Do you know a
child who is being bullied?
Walking to school, riding
the bus, or playing at the park can be terrifying for a
child who is being bullied. Gorp's Dream: A Tale of
Diversity, Tolerance, and Love in Pumpernickel Park,
empowers children with the skills and understanding they need
to tackle this often paralyzing problem. With endearing
characters, colorful illustrations, and an easy-to-understand
story, this book teaches everyone to care for and respect
others and to celebrate, not hate, differences between us.
Pumpernickel Park . . .
Where the Brownies and
the Bagels, the Tortillas and the Pitas respect one another
despite their outward differences.
But then the crusty, cranky
Sourdoughs move into this happy community and bring with them
intolerance and prejudice. When the Sourdoughs have a big
crisis, they're lucky that Gram and Poppa Rye don't let hatred
get in their way of being good neighbors.
Because of these
"not-so-upper-crust" folks, and a cast of characters that will
surprise and amuse you, children are presented a gentle lesson
in tolerance, diversity, and LOVE!
With Gorp's guidance,
everyone can realize that each of us can help to makes ours a
SWEETER, FRIENDLIER world, that a loving heart can exist no
matter what the other ingredients.
Values you can promote
using Gorp's Dream
Do the right
This incredibly adorable
'beanie' serves as a constant reminder to the children of
their pledges to safety....nice for adults, too.
Baby Gorp "beanie"
within 48 hours
About the Author Sherri Chessen
From her earliest days in her
hometown of Duluth, Minnesota, Sherri Chessen has been a
champion of children and their causes. As a child she was
involved as a Brownie, a Girl Scout, active in the Community
Children's Theatre, and then became a camp counselor. Her
interests in children continued into her adult life where she
was a teacher on famed TV's Romper Room, a mother of six and a
writer of children's books. With most every cause that she has
supported or job that she has taken, her efforts have centered
At the University of Wisconsin,
a communications major (and one of the first female
cheerleaders), she was afforded her first opportunity to work
in television. Here she was the floor manager and voice over
for several inanimate object characters on the PBS long
running program, 'The Friendly Giant'.
After graduation and marriage, she
moved to Phoenix, AZ where she won the role as teacher on TV's
Romper Room. Her television career also included a 'magazine
of the air' show called 'Here's Sherri' which she hosted daily
at the NBC affiliate in Phoenix, AZ. Her career continued with
the shows 'Phoenix After Dark' and then the 'Sherri Chessen
Show'. Her work garnered her two regional Emmy Awards, on for
Best Children's Show and the other for Outstanding Female
When her first
book, Gorp's Gift was published in 1996, Sheila
Wellstone, the wife of the late Senator of MN, Paul Wellstone,
contacted Sherri Chessen. With their help and that of Mary
Lewis Grow, who initiated the project, and then Senator Bill
Bradley, they succeeded in securing a unanimous confirmation
from the US Senate denoting a day in October as the Day of
Concern and Student Pledge Against Gun Violence. This day has
been observed with growing involvement every year since its
inception. In 2002, nearly 3 million students signed the
pledge not to carry guns to school or to solve problems by
using weapons. Gorp, the character, story, and his message,
has been an integral part of this program.
Now Gorp and his anti-violence teachings are an integral part
of Sherri Chessen's life.
Gorp's Dream, the newest book in the series,
helps to instill in our children a sense of fairness towards
others, an understanding of tolerance and diversity, and a
positive, loving lesson in how bullying can not only hurt
others, but can cause permanent, heartbreaking damage. Gorp is
dedicated to helping make our children's world a better one,
as is Ms. Chessen.