RYE, N.Y. Ryes Susanne Macke isnt your average stay-at-home mom. Besides being one of the areas resident couponing queens , the German-native Midland School mother of two is also a childrens author. Mackes book Does Grandma Live in Heaven Now? helps children cope with the loss of an elderly loved one.
When my best friends grandmother died in Germany, and I was looking to get a book for her daughter because she was really sad, but I couldnt really find what I was looking for, Macke said. I wanted something that talked about still being connected to the Grandma, and God, and Heaven, so I decided to write one myself.
Macke first self published the book in a copy shop in Germany in 2004, and her friends daughter loved it so much that she brought it into school where it caught the eye of the Principal.
He brought it to a principal conference in Munich and then I got all of those orders, and thats how it started, Macke said. Most of the nursery schools in Germany bought them, so it sold out early.
However it wasnt until one of Switzerlands biggest childrens bookstores gave a Macke a call that she added publisher to her resume.
They ordered some but I still had my copy shop copies, so I had to do something, Macke said. So I founded my own publishing company.
In Germany Macke was a kinesiology professor who spent a lot of time helping children deal with family loss.
It kind of all came together, Macke said. I have a page at the end with tips on how to help your child mourn, heal and remember.
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