FLINT (WJRT) - (08/31/16) - A local children's book author is making Flint's water crisis easier for kids to understand.
Gale Glover had already written two children's books, but last spring, she got the idea to write one about Flint's water crisis and how the kids dealing with it are heroes.
"Where I live, we have to drink bottled water and even brush our teeth with it. Then you're a hero," Glover read out of her new book, “Learning, Recycling and Becoming Little Heroes.”
“Hero” is a title Glover says kids in Flint have earned - now nearly nine months into the water crisis.
"Because I just felt like the kids weren't getting the praise they deserved. Because I've seen kids like as young as 3 years old out there volunteering, passing out water. And these kids have had to adapt to a new way of life,” she said. "I’ve always loved kids and I've always loved writing and education, so I tried to figure out a way to combine all three of my passions.”
The 43-year-old mom writes, has her own publishing company, works at the University of Michigan-Flint and goes to school there, too.
Glover was born and raised in Flint and says her book is for kids inside and outside the city, but it's more than entertainment - Glover hopes her book sparks discussions too.
"I think it's important for everyone of all ages, so for one thing to bring awareness as to what happened and so it doesn't happen again because if we don't talk about the problems, how can we actually solve them?" Glover said.
Glover’s 6-year-old nephew, Caleb, makes a cameo in the book. He, and so many other young people, have been brave and selfless through an incredibly tough time in the city.
"They are the true Flint heroes. I mean, they've given back to the community in spite of, they've changed their lifestyle. And I just want them to know how important they are,” Glover said.
You can buy “Learning, Recycling and Becoming Little Heroes” on Amazon. Just click the link in the ‘Related Links’ section of this story.