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I started drafting "Lou and his Mane" in the middle of the pandemic, in a world full of uncertainty. Writing was my way to be proactive, overcome my fears and frustration and bring something positive for the kids I was missing dearly and for me.
In this story, Lou loses the most precious thing to him: his mane. As he confronts his deepest fears, he embarks on a journey to find solace and seek help. Lou's story carries a powerful message about the importance of facing our fears, the significance of friendship, and the need to teach ourselves and others how to handle fear through self-assurance and seeking support from our loved ones.
This narrative underscores the universal truth that even the most fearless and brave individuals can experience fear. It reminds us that it's not the absence of fear, but how we confront it, that truly matters.
I hope you enjoy this story.
Lou and his Mane" was published originally in 2021. Second edition in 2023
Lou and his Mane is a delightful picture book about friendship, facing fears, problem solving, and getting along with siblings.
Lou is a brave young Lion who loves his mane. Everyone knows he is proud of it, but Lou has a secret. He is terribly afraid of going "bald”. One morning, he wakes up to find his worst nightmare has come true: His mane is gone! Lou looks everywhere for his mane, but cannot find it. He decides to ask his friends to help. Giraffe, Snake, Monkey, and Crocodile work together to help Lou as he searches throughout the jungle for his mane. Finally, he spots something peculiar in the distance, slowly moving towards him. What could it be?
Join Lou and his friends as they solve the mystery of the missing mane.