Storybook About Burns Has Debut At Daycare In Foster
When Azurae Cruz burned her hand on a hot oven door a few days before her
first birthday, her parents Sarah and Christopher Cruz, of Pawtucket were
upset enough by the incident to begin thinking what they could do to help
prevent such injuries to other children.
That was three years ago, and thankfully, their daughter’s burn has
healed. However, the episode was not forgotten. In fact, it has served as
the impetus for the couple to create and self-publish a storybook about burn
Sarah Cruz, a stay at home mom, with two children, is a registered nurse.
Her background, equips her, she feels, to offer some insight about the subject
of burn injuries.
Her husband, Chris, is a self-employed computer consultant, graphic artist,
and professional musician. Together, they established Little Boots Publishing
in January and their first book is the one inspired by Azurae’s burn
three years ago. They call it Bernie Burn, and it just became available.
Recently, Sarah visited the North Foster Daycare to share it with the children
there. It was one of her first readings of the book to its intended audience,
Designed for children ages six months to four years of age, as well as their
parents and caregivers, Bernie Burn is, notes Sarah, an introduction to burn
Most scald and contact burns are preventable, according to the authors. Children
under the age of four are especially vulnerable to burn injuries around the
house, they point out.
However, at around age 10-12 months, they note, babies begin to discover
that words have meaning and have collected enough information to understand
about 50 words.
Bernie Burn tells the story of a baby who discovers all the places that burns
can “hide” only to strike with little warning unless the baby
is made aware.
The back of the book contains a number of coloring pages, which are perforated
so children can detach them and keep them. They reiterate the lessons taught
by the book.
During her visit to North Foster Daycare Center, Sarah brought a variety
of household items with her including a cast iron radiator, a crock-pot,
a toaster, a coffee pot, an iron, a curling iron, a lamp, and so forth. She
showed the children how each might be a source of injury.
She says that the items allowed the youngsters to tell their own stories
of “boo-boos” they had received from similar objects.
Sarah also noted that by the end of her presentation some of the young children
had already learned from the book and recited a rhyming catch phrase which
is intended to help children be aware of burn dangers.
Sarah Cruz can be reached at 475-5852 and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.