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About Wheelie

Wheelie is the story of a wheelchair in search of adventure. Gifted with special powers by Josef, the man who rescues and repairs him, he longs to help a child explore the world. Told from Wheelie’s point of view, the book is the first of a fiction, chapter book series for children aged six to nine and their parents.  Wheelie allows the reader to step inside the life of a wheelchair and his human and non-human friends, to know their thoughts, feelings and dreams. Wheelie presents a fresh viewpoint, not one conditioned by old norms.

The series builds around physically challenged children who do not see themselves as diminished; they only see obstacles requiring creative problem solving. Wheelie appeals to all children, regardless of whether or not there is a wheelchair in their circle of friends or family.
Follow Wheelie at: https://sailerseries.com/

 

Artist Vision

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©Tony Carosella

We each navigate this world differently. Physically challenged children face obstacles that can make them feel separate from their peers. Limitations can prevent them from being the best version of themselves.

Creative problem solving can minimize barriers.

Limitations can be overcome by choosing to think differently about a situation.

Stories allow us to share our feelings and dreams. Stories connect us. Stories are a vehicle for able-bodied children and parents to understand what it is like to be different.

Stories are the gateway to fun and adventure.

I wrote about my story in my first book “Silent Courage”. You can find out more about me at Mary Byrne Eigel. 

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Upcoming Events

The Healing Power of the Pen: Assisting Children with Writing Stories  St. Louis, MO

Saturday, Feb 24th, 9-3 p.m.

WRIT:765  2    St. Louis Community College, Meramec    Social Science Bldg, Room 204

This course is open to parents, grandparents, child specialists and educators interested in working with children to assist them in writing their stories, from their point of view. Participants will learn the basic structure of story, engage in creative writing exercises, understand first person point of view, and understand how an animal or character can “metaphorically” represent someone else and allow a child to speak through that character. The story could serve as a means of allowing a child to process life events, both positive and negative. (i.e. illness, divorce, new sibling) No writing experience required. This class instructs how to implement tools for writing with children, please do not bring youth to class. Fee: $59.           For adults 60 and over: $41.

To register, CALL 314-984-7777

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The Healing Power of the Pen: Assisting Children with Writing Stories  St. Louis, MO

Saturday, October 14th, 9-3 p.m.  St. Louis Community College-Meramec   WRIT:765  680

This course is open to parents, grandparents, child specialists and educators interested in working with children to assist them in writing their stories, from their point of view. Participants will learn the basic structure of story, engage in creative writing exercises, understand first person point of view, and understand how an animal or character can “metaphorically” represent someone else and allow a child to speak through that character. The story could serve as a means of allowing a child to process life events, both positive and negative. (i.e. illness, divorce, new sibling) No writing experience required. This class instructs how to implement tools for writing with children, please do not bring youth to class. To register, CALL 314-984-7777

Past Events

April 11

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Have You Ever Felt Different? Helping Children Understand Differences with Mary Byrne Eigel and Amy Bryant. Learn how to help kids understand and accept differences through awareness building exercises and storytelling. Free event.Check website for details.https://parentingbeyondpunishment.com/nsc/