Monsters on the Sidewalk

Memories of Child Abandonment, Domestic Violence, and Unconditional Love

by Jeanne Olufson



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/7/2019

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 176
ISBN : 9781490798158
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 176
ISBN : 9781490798172
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 176
ISBN : 9781490798165

About the Book

"Sidewalks have crisscrossed my life like circuits on a computer chip. Only the Master Designer knows where the intricate patterns lead. Some sidewalks still await my feet. Others, I have been dragged over whether I wanted to be or not." (Author) "Monsters on the Sidewalk" is unique not only because it dramatizes a mother’s abandonment, a father’s oppression, and a stepmother’s brutality, but it also paints a picture of a grandparent’s love and what good parenting looks like. The reader is able to distinguish between the two. Readers can judge between the positive effects of humor and love, and the negative effects of demeaning words and violent actions upon the mind of a child. The book will also engender hope for survivors (victors) and show that the cycle of abuse can stop in their lives, sparing the next generation. The brighter light we shine on maltreatment, the greater chance we have to slow its growth. Child abuse? It’s everywhere.

About the Author

Jeanne Olufson is a published author, artist, and teacher. She holds a Social Studies Composite Teaching degree with an endorsement in Special Education. She enjoys geography, history, amateur radio, learning guitar, and trying to master the Chinese strategy game, GO. She holds an orange belt in Shorin-Ru Karate and likes to bike ride. Jeanne is an accomplished artist and has exhibited her unique dye-transfer watercolors in Washington and California. Her next project is writing and illustrating a children’s book called, "My Granny Has a Polka Dot Nose."