News Release

Contact: Delores Palmer, President/CEO WeWrite LLC 11040 Alba Road
Ben Lomond, CA 95005 (831) 336-3382
fax: (831) 336-8592


Springfield, IL, December 4, 2001:

Days after the attack on America, eight children gathered together to wage their own attack on terrorism. Determined to show the world that kids can create solutions too, these 8 - 11 year olds published their own book, by kids for kids. Downtown Springfield businesses are showcasing the book, War? I'm Scared!, authors, and illustrators with a treasure hunt book-signing throughout downtown, Saturday, December 15, noon - 3:00 pm..

Created within a group setting, the children brainstormed and acted out ideas while Illustrator Norman Calmese sketched. The story captures what people of any age can do to help America. . .through the eyes of a dog. Perspectives of children are laced throughout this heart-warming story. Included in the book are tips from professionals for parents. The treasures in each of us are at the heart of of this book and book launch.

The brainchild of Norman Calmese, of Calmese Cartoon Factory, and Delores Palmer, President and CEO of WeWrite Company, this book is predicted to be the first of a series about the war. The book-writing process allows children to give their voice to the events that are changing their lives. It also gives them a peek into the mysterious and exciting publishing process.

The book signing and treasure search begins at Hilton Springfield Hotel (7th & Adams), from noon - 3 pm, with Flowers LeGrand (7th & Adams) and Renaissance Springfield Hotel leading the search with treasure cards spotlighting various sites. Pint-sized authors, illustrators, special offers, and surprises will be featured at each participating business.

Barb Malany, owner of Flowers LeGrand is excited about kicking off this opportunity for children to show what they can do. "Children are listening as adults talk about the impact terrorists have on America. This is a great way to show our appreciation to our children as we build positive avenues toward healing."