Kathryn is a proud and loving mother to her four year old son, who is her greatest inspiration. She is a purposeful woman and entrepreneur, and is the creator and author of the Kathryn the Grape children's book series. Bringing her childhood nickname to life in the Kathryn the Grape books has been one of the most fulfilling projects in her life thus far. Kathryn is passionate about writing dynamic stories with the intention of helping children build self esteem and learn important life lessons. Kathryn was recognized as an "Inspirational Woman" by the Speak for Success Women Changing the World awards, and was honored as one of San Diego Metropolitan's "40 Under 40" award recipients for excellence in business and community service. Kathryn's weekly talk radio show, The Ripple Effect, shines a light on extraordinary people rippling goodness into the world. Kathryn lives in her native San Diego where she enjoys hiking, running, kickboxing, and spending time with her family.
Kathryn the Grape loves the color purple and wears the color everyday. She has a best friend who is a magical butterfly named Maggie. At Kathryn's house it is hamburger night. The problem is that Kathryn doesn't like hamburgers, though her brother's love them. Unhappy with the choice of meal, Kathryn feels that her opinion doesn't matter, and that no one is listening to her. She also feels that her parent's love her brother's best. Upset, and saying some things she shouldn't have, she storms from the kitchen table to her room where she cries her woes away.
Maggie consoles Kathryn telling her that her parents love her very much. She also says that Kathryn is hardly invisible, in fact, she is very colorful. With those sweet words, Maggie gives Kathryn a box with a rainbow charm in it. Kathryn is told that as she learns about each charm, her rainbow will begin to shine. So Maggie takes her on a special tour into the world through Kathryn's imagination. But what will they find along the way? What is the importance of the charm bracelet? Will it be enough to help Kathryn's self esteem, teaching her of self worth?
This is a great story teaching children from the ages of 5 and up, about the strengths in themselves. Kathryn expresses feelings that many children have, especially when siblings are concerned. Many children feel they're not being heard. Kathryn teaches children to speak up and talk to their famlies about their feelings. Though sometimes it's not easy to do, they also need to think of the needs of others as well, and not just themselves and their own needs. Kathryn brings a good message to all little girls. The bracelet helps teach children of the many components it takes to believe in themselves, but to also know what is really important in their lives, and what they really need to be thankful for.