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Every Child Is Entitled to Innocence – Niamh Clune


Every Child Is Entitled to InnocenceNiamh Clune

Plum Tree Books

ASIN: B0077E6F60

Both in theme and execution, this anthology of short stories reflecting the writer’s chilhood experiences, serves to entertain and inform. Its most important effect, that experienced by young people globally – who have/are in the throes of any form of abuse – is the tangible blanket of support, love and HOPE expressed by so many of the stories that reveals – unabashedly – similar times of terror. That the curtain finally came down on tragedy and the ‘players’ went on – and well beyond – the pain and fear, serves to lift the spirit and calm the soul of the similary-afflicted reader. The tales of happy, protected tender years are done with an extraordinary sensitivity to and stress upon the beauty of the ordinary and simply-lived life.

Reviewer: Lorane Leavy

Born in 1945 Brooklyn, NY, I attended parochial elementary and high schools then vowed to see ‘beyond New York.’  This trek landed me in Washington, DC and Georgetown University where I graduated with a BS in Nursing and an ‘MRS’ proposal which, after acceptance, led to some 44 years and counting of wedded adventure to Philip G. Leavy, Jr, MD.  We have three children and six grands.  Matriculating while gestating, I followed my original writing dream post partum and parenting – with a seven-year hitch as a litigation attorney.  Family and ‘authoring’ remain my blessed Karma. Visit Lorane at her blog.


12 comments on “Every Child Is Entitled to Innocence – Niamh Clune

  1. the secret keeper
    May 31, 2012

    innocence: i dream of trying to understand exactly what that is. the review was concise about this astounding book of stories and poems, recollecting childhoods of happiness and sadness. it is good to know that some children saw what childhood should be, i have been reading about the childhood of VirginiaWoolf. her story would fit perfectly amongst the sadder ones in this book. From what i have been reading she was the forerunner of exposing child abuse to her world in England. She was brave and through camaflage she revealed childhood abuse in her writings. Today, books such as Every Child is Entitled To Innocence are now able to exist and need to be available for all to read. This book is supporting a great cause where the proceeds are going the ChildHelpLine Internations and it is also exploring a great cause: Childhood. It still needs to be watched and cared for carefully. Children are still in danger of losing their Innocence. This book is a definite help in spreading the word for all children and sets an example of what a wonderful childhood can be.

    • ontheplumtree
      May 31, 2012

      Thank You Secret Keeper. I cannot think of ANYTHING more important than the cherishing and nurturing of our sweet children…NOTHING!

      • the secret keeper
        May 31, 2012

        that is at the top of my list of resolutions: to bring into the light how children are in need of protecting not just from predators but how they are educated. what kind of freedom is allowed them so they are able to develop as individuals and not being trained into the good, obedient child that will become the eventual worker of the world. instead i would lke to see an assurance that their ceativity and individuality is being nurtured. most school systems, at least in the states US, do not focus on this at all. the creative arts are being pulled from childrens education. the fact that the system doesn’t see that as a danger to the minds of children is quite disturbing but has been going on for some time. testing seems to be what is the main focus. how well do they, the kids, do on their tests. first they take out the creative arts so kids minds do not have an outlet for their creativity, then they take out the physical education so that the kids start heading in the direction of obesity and diabetes. what is going to be next. children need a well rounded education. they need encouragement and love in all the activities they want to do, within the bounds of healthy choices. they basically need to be nurtured so they will develop confidence in who they are and acceptance also.

  2. mapelba
    June 13, 2012

    As a parent it is hard to know how to understand teaching your child about the real world (how to be safe) and still keep them open to adventure and follow their curiosity. Stories help us figure this out.

    • Brianna Soloski
      June 13, 2012

      That’s so true, Marta. I’m not a parent (yet, but possibly not ever), but I do work with kids and most of my friends have kids. It’s hard not to feel super protective, especially when they aren’t your own. However, I don’t believe in instilling fear in children.

      • mapelba
        June 14, 2012

        My son is naturally introverted and unwilling to talk to strangers. The downside of this is that he sometimes seems rude when strangers say hello and try to make simple, polite conversation. The upside is that I’ve never really had to give him much of a stranger-danger talk. He’s naturally wary.

        A friend of mine has a daughter who is super friendly and will talk to anyone. One time–at 8 years old–she just hugged a 17 year old boy and sat in his lap–even though she’d known him less than five minutes. And my friend had to sit her down and tell her that she couldn’t go around hugging guys or men she didn’t know–though she’d had previous talks with her daughter about it. This time though the whole conversation ended traumatically for my friend and her daughter.

        Parenting is hard.

  3. Susie
    June 14, 2012

    Every time I see this cover or am reminded of this anthology of which DiAnne was a part of .. I realize it was my first window into this company of creators, artists & world changers … and I am inspired to be – not just a better writer. but to pay attention …

    • Brianna Soloski
      June 14, 2012

      Agreed. The most important thing writers can do, in my opinion, is be aware of their surroundings. Everything is fodder for a story.

  4. Tonia Marie Houston
    June 14, 2012

    Beautiful. Simple. Elegant, much like the book. Thank you for this, Lorane. I believe we should encourage creativity and empathy in our children. If we can teach them to stop a moment and look through the eyes of someone else, the world will be a place of joy, not pain and sorrow. I’m humbled to work with artists who use their creative genius to raise public awareness. Amazing.

    • Brianna Soloski
      June 14, 2012

      Well put, Tonia!

    • ontheplumtree
      June 14, 2012

      I was so moved to be able to bring Child Help-line International on board. It is a compelling read with a Forward from them. I chose the Cottingly fairies for the cover, as it has always reminded me of childhood innocence.

      • Brianna Soloski
        June 14, 2012

        Niamh, it’s fantastic that they were willing to jump on board with the project. It’s so important to tap all our resources once we’ve taken the leap to publish something.

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