Book Review: It’s good to be Golden

North Carolina author/illustrator Jeffery A. Faulkerson, recently released the first three offerings in his It’s Good To Be Golden Children’s Picture Book Series. Written and illustrated for children between the ages of 5 and 10, the books introduce conce

Stories included in series include: The Stranger in the Shadows encourages young children to be wary of strangers even when these same strangers display selfless acts of kindness. The story opens with the Golden family├╗parents Raymond Sr. and Millicent, and sons Freddie and Ray-Ray├╗ traveling from Michigan to their new home in Tennessee.

When the family stops at a rest area for a picnic lunch, Freddie and Ray-Ray encounter The Stranger in the Shadows. Ray-Ray winds up missing and Freddie assumes that his little brother has been snatched up by “The Stranger.”

Freddie must find Ray-Ray to show his parents that he can be responsible for someone other than himself. The Story of Henry the Heart chronicles 4- year-old Ray-Ray Golden’s quest to “listen to your Henry.” Henry the Heart is the guardian angel residing on the left side of Ray-Ray’s chest that encourages Ray-Ray to do right when he wants to do wrong.

But when Ray- Ray makes some unkind remarks to his classmate Rachel, his willingness to do what’s right is put to the test. A must-read for elementary- aged children who are trying to be less selfish and more selfless. Golden Innovations chronicles Dr. Raymond Golden Sr.’s quest to decrease humanity’s dependence on fossil fuels.

Told by his oldest son Freddie, it is a tale that speaks to the importance of fathers being heroes in their children’s lives and how their heroic exploits have the power to change the course of human history. In 2007, Faulkerson penned and illustrated his first children’s picture book about a successful African American family for his then-3-year-old son Caleb.

The Golden books grew out of Faulkerson’s desire to introduce children of all racial/ethnic groups to African American characters who are taking full advantage of righteous opportunities. For Faulkerson, visits to area bookstores revealed a lack of children’s titles featuring African American characters.

Faulkerson is the Founder, President & CEO of Practical Solutions, a faith-based social research and service practice with for-profit offerings in communications/public relations and not-for-profit offerings in parent education and support, postsecondary advising and planning, and conference planning, coordination and implementation.

Astay-at-home parent since August 2005, he has dedicated himself to “promoting functional families through words and deeds.” He is the author of Raising My V.O.I.C.E. (Verbalizing Orderly Impressions through Creative Endeavors), which chronicles his quest to understand why Americans focus so much on their differences, not enough on their similarities.

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