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Michael Dotsikas Encourages Kindness and Compassion to Overcome Life's Challenges

   What happens when you leap before you're ready to fly? Elephants, giraffes, lemurs, and more work together to get you off the forest floor!

   Imaginative author Michael Dotsikas vividly brings to life the story of Benjamin Birdie and his helpful animal friends in this adventurous tale of friendship, compassion, and determination. Through Benjamin Birdie's First Flight, Dotsikas reminds us that even when things don't go as expected, we can adapt to any situation with humility, kindness, and appreciation, and we can learn from our mistakes, gaining valuable and positive lessons from all of life's experiences.

   Believing he can fly like all the other birds, Benjamin Birdie takes a courageous leap off the top of the tree — despite his mother's warning that he isn't yet ready. When he tumbles to the forest floor, a lively group of animals below his nest must help him back to the top of his tree.

   “We currently live in very divisive times,” Dotsikas says. “[Benjamin Birdie] teaches us that we could overcome divisiveness and contention with one simple attribute — kindness.” Each animal Benjamin meets tries to help, but it takes a team of creatures - including a tree kangaroo, kinkajou, sloth, and others - to help him get back home. Benjamin Birdie's First Flight shows children that it's perfectly okay to ask for help, and that it's important to always try your best to help others in need. “I want children (and adults) to keep in mind that despite our differences, when we're kind to one another, we can accomplish great things that will fulfill and enrich our lives,” Dotsikas says. “Being humble and kind is the best way to live our lives and have the greatest impact on humanity.”

   Benjamin Birdie's First Flight soars as an enchanting tale for children to learn about kindness and giving help where it's needed. Dotsikas's cadenced writing style engages children with its cleverly rhyming stanzas, perfect for teaching kids the sounds and descriptions of Benjamin Birdie and his tree-dwelling neighbors. Readers can also learn about Benjamin Birdie's friends through a fully-illustrated glossary, complete with descriptions of each animal and their unique wildlife habitats.

   Dotsikas encourages education and support for endangered animal species through organizations such as: World Wildlife Fund; Defenders of Wildlife; and the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

   To learn more about the author and his book, visit MichaelDotsikas.com and follow the story on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


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