The Ball That Did Not Like to Bounce
The Ball That Did Not Like to Bounce is about a rubber ball named George. He's not like the other balls that he knows. George does not like to bounce even though all the other balls tell him that he should. George goes on a journey to find out if he's the only ball that doesn't like to bounce or if he should start bouncing like everyone says he should.
This children's picture book is about finding your identity, diversity, and being true to yourself. It has been used as a teaching tool for students ages Preschool through 5th Grade. There are points for all ages to create a discussion or lesson plan. One of Brandon's goals in this book was to make it so the children reading the book feel as though they are going through it all right alongside George. Tou Yia Xiong, the illustrator, did an amazing job drawing pictures that help to draw a person right into the story.
About Brandon Vreeman (Austin, Minnesota Author)
Brandon grew up within the library system. His mom was a librarian for much of his childhood, and he spent hours there with her among all the books. He attended countless storytimes and read constantly while there. He's now giving his children the opportunity to enjoy the library system. He became a stay at home dad when his eldest child was born, and they read daily and visit the library and storytime on a regular basis. Brandon is a co-business owner with his wife. They run a consulting business that handles change management, culture change, and other topics. He also does web development for various clients.
Brandon believes strongly in the power of picture books engaging a child's mind and helping them to learn things about themselves and the world around them. He believes that reading books with good messages gives children the opportunity to gain knowledge about things they may not have yet experienced. This enables them to better handle those things when they actually do experience them.
Brandon's goal in life is to leave a better world behind him than that in which he came. This change starts with our behavior as adults, but in the end, really comes down to helping our children be better adults than we ever could hope to be.