Silverthorne resident Tricia Chinn Campbell released her first children's book, "Kai and the Magic Jacket" (Blissful Thinking Publishing), in August.
The tale features a boy named Kai who receives the gift of a family heirloom - a red, silk Chinese jacket that has been passed down to the firstborn child of each generation. The jacket is magical, for when Kai wears it, he can hear the spirits of his Tai-Poh (Great Grandmother), Tai-Goong (Great Grandfather) and Kau-Goong (Great Uncle Fay Tong).
"A brave man does what is right; not what someone else wants him to do," Great Grandfather advises Kai when some older boys pressure him to wade across a treacherous stream, and he must make a decision for himself.
While the jacket helps Kai make good decisions, he eventually grows out of it and learns to make positive choices by himself. In turn, he will have a chance to be a good role model for his siblings.
While instructive, the book is not didactic. Instead, the story is imaginative and engaging, a page-turner that nonetheless has underlying messages about good decision-making, managing peer pressure, generational wisdom and cultural values. It's a quick and good read, ideal for parents or teachers looking for a story that can teach kids about values while entertaining at the same time.
The illustrations are captivating too; they are done in an animated-movie style, reminiscent of a Disney film.
New York Times bestseller Jamie Ford, author of "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet," described it as "a sweet familial story, beautifully illustrated, that delivers a terrific lesson for your readers."
Tricia Chinn Campbell is a former advertising executive who was born and raised in Seattle. While pregnant with her son Chance in 2007, she decided she wanted to develop a story featuring a half-Chinese/half-Anglo boy that would be appealing to all kids, regardless of their ethnicity or cultural background. Her first book, "Kai and the Magic Jacket," represents the realization of that vision.
The paperback book is geared toward 4-8-year-olds - and the adults in their lives - and is available at Amazon (www.amzn.to/QxVJiQ) for $11.95.