Hector is wise, curious, adored by people, loves travelling and adventures - who more than the dog Hector could be child's closest friend and life guide?
Hector's story is punctuated with the joys and sadness's of life ,his gentle and questioning nature throughout the narrative helps readers explore his experiences and reflect along with him as they happen.
Hector's story is a great tool for gentle exploration of difficult themes through a third party as well as being a heart warming tale. At Westminster Children's University we have seen first hand the children's reactions to the story and the self-reflective comments it has elicited .The children have universally enjoyed and engaged with Hector and his journey. We offer dog mentoring alongside the workshops and book and find the text to be a complimentary tool in the mentoring process. A great way to explore themes and promote empathy for our amazing furry friends and others. We look forward to a long working relationship with the author and even more of Hector's adventures.
Author Renata Kaminska is aiming in publishing educational books for children and dog lovers. She believes that dogs, like people, have personalities and feelings and that's important teaching children empathy and spark curiosity in reading. For her crowdfunding project, Renata was also among the 5 finalists of the BOLD Awards III competition in the crowdfunding category which took place in April 2022 in Venice, Italy.
ABOUT FIRST BOOK 'HECTOR, A DOG'S STORY'
The first educational book Renata has published called 'Hector, A Dog's Story' in 2020 and it's available in English, Polish and now also in Ukrainian thanks to crowdfunding project called 'Hector & Friends for Ukraine'. It tells the beautiful tale of a puppy's love, friendship and search for happiness, set against the grey reality of the Second World War.
The book breaks the taboo of difficult topics in children's literature, such as war, death, attitude to God, discrimination, abandonment and much more. The book was featured in Indian Robin Age, Australian Dog Lover, UK Your Dog magazine and others. The book has been read in over 16 countries on 5 continents. It's also included in mentoring program on dogs for children under the patronage of Westminster Children's University. As part of it, Renata conducts workshops in schools on empathy development.
It is a story that makes us think how the world and our lives might look from a dog’s perspective. Is it really black and white, and is their perception so different from ours? Throughout his journey, Hector shows us that hope never dies, and that for everyone there is happiness waiting. Hector, A Dog’s Story explores the values that should direct our life, and invites the reader to look at the world through different eyes.
What are readers saying?
‘A Dog’s Story is a rare opportunity to experience and see life from a dog’s perspective.’
‘I would recommend this book to any other child who is as dog-mad as me!’
‘A touching story of friendship, love and devotion. Every adult and child should read this book to realize that every animal needs our love.’
‘I found this book both powerful and beautiful. It raises thought-provoking questions – often quite challenging – that children can ask themselves.’
ABOUT SECOND BOOK 'HECTOR AND THE TIME MACHINE'
The second book 'Hector and the Time Machine' is fast-paced, adventurous story about the journey of Hector's dog, sensitive to the diversity of cultures, contemporary problems, and threats. Attention parents get ready for serious conversations and series of questions about very important matters!
This time the dog Hector travels on a time machine to 2020. In his journey around the world, he is an observer of important events and phenomena, including pandemics, climate change, Brexit, the Black Lives Matter movement, multiculturalism and much more. Just like a child, he asks questions and looks for answers to understand the complexity of the modern world.
The book helps parents engage in conversations with their children on difficult topics based on their own values system and knowledge. Beautiful descriptions allow you to move to the colourful and full of aromas of India, drink the traditional five o'clock tea at Primary Minister’s’ house and finally take part in the Golden Globe Awards. Traveling to Australia during the great fire, because of human activity, motivates the reader to investigate the causes of climate change and introduces habits that save our planet. Children will fall in love with Hector, who will be happy to come back to common adventures and plan new ones.
What are readers saying?
"Hector’s story is a great tool for gentle exploration of difficult themes as well being a heart-warming tale”, Stella Wilson, Westminster Children’s University
"The over-riding message of the book is that respect, tolerance and love will provide the answers”, Sarah Wright, Editor Your Dog Magazine
"If, dear parent, you are looking for a book that will help you talk to your child about what is happening in the world, this is the perfect starting position." - Natalia Supel, MA, psychologist of children and adolescents
The novels have been brought to life through the author’s engrossing storytelling, combined with colourful illustrations designed by award-winning Indonesian illustrator, Irfan Budi Harjo.
The author consulted psychologists and gathered feedback from parents and children, as well as animal lovers, and worked closely with well-known American editor, Mary Kole. Hector, a Dog’s Story is supported by 11 organizations, including seven charity foundations. All patrons can be found on the project website: www.hectorandfriends.com. Profits from the sale will go straight to foundations supporting our furry friends and the children who adore them.
‘I want to give what I can to those most in need’ – Renata Kaminska (author)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Since the age of 12, Renata Kaminska dreamed of publishing her own novel to raise money for dog and children’s charities. Her idea was to explore how the world, and our lives, would look through the perspective of a dog searching for a home against the backdrop of World War II. Renata has now realized her dream – she has written a beautiful story about love, friendship and a puppy named Hector searching for happiness.
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