Gravitybread presents Cindy Springsteen

cindy springteenI recently reviewed a book written by Cindy Springsteen named Waffles and Pancakes. I love the book because it teaches a very valuable lesson. I found the book an excellent way to begin discussing how money does not define us and cannot buy us happiness. The people who are “rich” in my opinion, are the people who have loved ones around them supporting them and loving them for who they are. Cindy also wrote another book, Waffles and Pancakes A Lesson in Bullying that I will be reviewing next week. Stay tuned…Thank you Cindy!

1. What inspired you to write Waffles and Pancakes? I wrote this story 5 years before I even had children. I truly don’t know what at the time inspired it other than thinking people value material things too much.

2. Why did you name the hamsters Waffles and Pancakes? Their original names were Feeble and Herbie. It was 23 years before it was published. By this time I had children. My children love hamsters and we have had many over the years. My daughter was very much into a television show called “The OC” and there was a rabbit on the show called Pancakes. She named one of her hamster after him and convinced my son to name his Waffles. I thought the names were so cute that I decided to use these names in the story.

3. Can you give some tips for parents to help carry over the lesson from this book? Children learn by example. If everything centers around money and having all the good things in life, children will follow suit. They need to learn to appreciate all that they have and understand how many people have nothing. Like in the story having material things and money do not guarantee happiness. Having a family that loves you and appreciates all that they have are what is most important.

4. What was your favorite book as a child? The book that stands out the most from my childhood is Charlotte’s Web. I am a animal lover and it was such a sweet story.

5. Can you discuss your other book, Waffles and Pancakes, a lesson about bullying? Waffles and Pancakes A Lesson in Bullying was inspired due to the growing problems with bullying. In my research many books were available for middle school and high school children. I didn’t find many that targeted a younger audience. I wanted to bring early awareness to children how much bullying other children hurts. By using the characters children had come to love in book one, book two helps children understand bullying at a much younger age. Based on reviews that my story has received, and parents that have reached out to me, it seems to have helped many children understand bullying at a much younger age.

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