CARVER PARK
by Dr. Lynda J. Mubarak



It would seem that growing up in segregated Waco, Texas in the 1950s would be filled with challenges and disappointments for any African-American child, but little Lynda Jones learned everything about the world near and far from her beloved books and the travels of her father during WWII.  
 
Carver Park gives us a view into the life of one child who found that regardless of society's circumstances, the people in our lives provide us with the knowledge and support required to learn and succeed in a time of great social unrest and historical change.  Carver Park is a children's non-fiction book appropriate for grades 2 - 4.

 


EXCERPT: Carver Park by Lynda J. Mubarak

Mama worked at a Catholic hospital in Waco for many years. During one particular year the hospital was crowded with adults and children with a disease called Polio. One day she said, "The nuns wanted to know if you would demonstrate how an Iron Lung works during the Heart of Texas Fair and I told them yes!" When I inquired about an Iron Lung Daddy described it very slowly. "An iron lung is a machine that breathes for you when your lungs are too tired and weak to do their job. People with Polio need extra help in order to breathe."  

One day nurses came to our school and everyone in our school was given the Polio vaccine. Mama explained, "Everyone in the hospital including the doctors and nurses had to take the vaccination to keep from catching the disease. And, everyone in our country must take the vaccine." It was a very scary time in America and I was waiting for the fair day!  
 
On the day of the fair Mama dressed me in my best night gown.  The nurses put me in the iron lung and put a pillow under my head. The fair visitors walked by and stared at me through the glass windows of the machine, which looked like a big shiny spaceship. I wanted to see how the iron lung worked so I held my breath, but the machine pulled the breath right out of my body and pushed air right back in. It was like magic! I really felt important. I was the only African American kid in the fair that year!

( Continued... )
 


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About the Author
Dr. Lynda Mubarak is a native Texan and was raised in Waco and Ft. Worth. She is an Army veteran, retired special education teacher, and college ESL adjunct. Dr. Lynda’s love for reading and books began when she was an elementary student and continued during her teaching years.  She is the author of Stations, Carver Park, and Shorty & The Sullivans.  Dr. Lynda loves to travel, live theater and crossword puzzles. She is currently a co-host on “The Author’s Lounge Radio Show”, Fish Bowl Radio Network, Grey Stream, Tuesdays, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, CST, and she is busy writing her fourth book.

STATIONS FOR KIDS founded by Dr. Lynda J. Mubarak offers children's literature filled with everyday circumstances to promote early literacy, community service, and global, historical empathy. Early literacy is important for each child's life skills development and academic achievement. Reading, writing, math, and social-emotional intelligence are critical in a world filled with competition and technology.

 




Intimate Conversation with Lynda J. Mubarak about Carver Park
 


Dr. Lynda Jones Mubarak is a native Texan and was raised in Waco and Fort Worth, Texas. She is a retired special education teacher, facilitator and a US Army veteran. She has served as a private school administrator, adjunct writing and ESL professor, and is currently a co-host of The Author's Lounge Radio Show at Fish Bowl Radio Network.

She is a graduate of P.L. Dunbar High School, received her BS in Elementary Education from Texas Christian University, MEd in Elementary Education from Texas Wesleyan University, and EdD from Nova Southeastern University.

Dr. Lynda enjoys reading, crossword puzzles, and traveling with her husband, Kairi, and their two rescue dogs; Ebony Joyce and Shorty Junior.  Always a lover of books as a child, Dr. Lynda decided to follow her dream of becoming an author of children's books after retirement. She is currently working on her fourth book.

 


BPM: What made you want to become a writer?
I've always wanted to become a writer, but never discussed it with anyone. I have probably been writing mentally all my life, but didn't begin putting my thoughts on paper until about 10 years ago.

 


BPM: How do you think you've evolved creatively?
I don't second guess myself as much during my writing now. If I think about a story plot, I let it flow and work out the flaws later.

 


BPM: Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?
Yes, writing is very spiritual because it is very personal. Your story is yours and it involves all your senses and emotions.

 


BPM: How has writing impacted your life?
I'm finding stories in the most interesting places and circumstances. I'm either writing or thinking about writing. If I have an idea and go the keyboard, the story will develop little by little.

 


BPM: How do you find or make time to write? Are you a plotter or panster?
I usually write between 1:30 am - 6:30 am. I think writing is sometimes spontaneous, but you must also  have a personal schedule to remain focused. I'm a panster. I don't plan anything.


BPM: Tell us about your non-fiction title, Stations: Changing Your Life – Changing Your Career.
The current global workforce has changed tremendously during the past decade and your workplace is part of that change. Labor trends, increased use of technology for goods and services, and the reduction of workers at all levels has generated a need to view employment and self-sufficiency in a new light.  If you have children, they will need to be able to work in a 21st century work environment with a diverse workforce, which will entail jobs which are being developed as they enter elementary grades or high school.

STATIONS is the quick resource guide that offers suggestions and time-proven strategies for parents and professionals who interact with children and young adult workers. STATIONS is a collection of essays that provides food for thought as we make our way through the different situations, events, stages, circumstances and parental decisions that will ultimately affect personal lifestyles  and career options.

STATIONS examines childhood academic and social skills, and addresses the challenging task of teaching children to be healthy and financially sound while preparing them to thrive and survive in a global workforce driven by cutting edge technology and ongoing competition. STATIONS is concise, amusing, informative and frank in its discussion of life’s everyday circumstances, including social media and proactive workplace practices that affect all of us from childhood through adulthood.

 


BPM: After writing Stations: Changing Your Life – Changing Your Career, you went on to write three children's books! Tell us about your work with the early reader books.
The first book is CARVER PARK and it is available on Kindle. SHORTY and THE SULLIVANS, is due for release March 5, 2018.  CARVER PARK and STATIONS can be purchased at Melanin Origins, Barnes & Noble and Amazon. B&N offers CARVER PARK in NookBook, paperback and hardback format. Amazon provides an ebook and paperback for STATIONS.  I hope your readers and the kids will enjoy all three of the books!

 

 

BPM: How did you choose the genre you write in? Have you considered writing in another genre?
I chose children's books because I was a special education teacher and college adjunct for many years. I would like to write a crime fiction book. I love solving mysteries!

 


BPM: Give us some insight into your main characters in the children's book. What makes each one so special?
The main character/speaker in Carver Park is Lynda Jones (myself) as a young child. She recalls her early years with her family and how her parents taught her about the world near and far. Each memory is special because it is mini-story of an event or family discussion.

 


BPM: What was your hardest scene to write?
The close was the most difficult because the memories kept coming, but you have to stop at some point or the book will never end.

 


BPM: Share one point in your book that resonated with your present journey.
The experience with the Iron Lung was special to me when I think of current portable breathing devices used by people in their homes and in public. You are no longer restricted to one area if you have a respiratory challenge.

 


BPM: Is there a specific place/space/state that you find inspiration in?
My visits to Cuba, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic inspire me because the people of these islands have huge personal, health and welfare challenges unknown to most of us. In the same manner, I am also moved by the homeless families in America who suffer under the same circumstances in a country that has so much.

 


BPM: Do you want each book to stand on its on or do you prefer to write series?
I would like for each book to stand on its on and deliver its specific message.

 


BPM: Does writing energize you?
Writing has always been an energizer for me. It brings out something in you that you don't always know existed.

 


BPM: Do you believe in writer's block?
No. Some of the best selling authors have all explained that writer's block is another term for distractions. If you are going to grow as an author, the distractions must be eliminated or ignored.

 


BPM: Is there one subject you would never write about as an author?
Not yet. I think if I ever change genres from children's literature to a more mature genre, the taboos would probably emerge.

 


BPM: Have you written any other books that are not published?
Yes, I have two manuscripts with my publishers waiting. I'm excited about both! They are both appropriate for elementary school children and should be released in 2018-19.

 


BPM: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Publisher: http://www.MelaninOrigins.com  
Website: http://www.lyndamubarak.com
Stations Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lyndamubarak


 

 



Shorty and The Sullivans by Lynda Jones-Mubarak


Shorty and The Sullivans is a children's story that demonstrates how a friendship can develop from some very unusual circumstances. It also teaches young children that one should not make judgements based on appearance including color or size. The message of the story emphasizes that observation over a period of time will often determine the true value of a situation. Shorty and The Sullivans is a children's book appropriate for grades 1-4.


EXCERPT:  Shorty and The Sullivans by Lynda Jones-Mubarak

Every Saturday morning Mrs. Sullivan shopped at the Johnson Supermarket. Archie, the manager, and the cashiers knew her because she always bought the same meat, veggies, milk, fruit, dog food and doggie treats. They also knew Mrs. Sullivan because big, happy Ebony Joyce was always with her, wagging her tail and looking at the other customers as they walked by.  Archie didn’t mind Ebony Joyce being in the store because she was a friendly dog. The customers like rubbing her ears, the kids like rubbing her back and Ebony Joyce never barked.

Ebony Joyce walked a little slower in the store than Mrs. Sullivan, but that was alright because she took her time going up and down the aisles of the store to search for the best bargains, especially on the meat and dairy aisles.

One day a cashier asked Mrs. Sullivan, “How old is Ebony Joyce?” Mrs. Sullivan replied, “We don’t know Ebony J’s age. When we moved into our house years ago we found her hiding in the shed in the back yard. We fed her, gave her a bath and she’s been with us since then.” The cashier smiled and Mrs. Sullivan smiled. She paid for her groceries, rolled the grocery cart out to the car and put the groceries in the trunk while Ebony waited for her to open the car door.

Mrs. Sullivan drove home while Ebony J looked out the window at the passing cars, big buses, and the people jogging along the sidewalks or talking on their cell phones.

When Mrs. Sullivan returned from grocery shopping Ebony J always waited quietly next to the kitchen sink while Mrs. Sullivan put the food away. Ebony knew when the last paper bag was emptied there would be a doggie treat for her. She loved the treats!

One morning, Mrs. Sullivan noticed that Ebony J was not awake when she began to cook breakfast. She was usually the first one awake in the mornings and watched Mrs. Sullivan as she prepared the coffee, toast, turkey bacon and eggs.


( Continued... )
 


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Age Range: 5 - 9 years. Grade Level: 1 - 3
Paperback: 60 pages.  Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626768552   |     ISBN-13: 978-1626768550

 

 



Stations for Kids Founded by Dr. Lynda J. Mubarak


 

STATIONS FOR KIDS is dedicated to early literacy and community service. The best way to ensure your child's personal and career success is to begin the learning process as soon as possible. Academic success is always necessary, but your child also needs to see how he or she fits into the world community. A combination of community service and applicable educational concepts will give your child a balanced view of the world. CARVER PARK provides a view of a young girl's early learning experiences about the world.

STATIONS: Changing Your Life - Changing Your Career is my book of essays and my way of assisting you in making life decisions now that will affect your quality of life later. The 21st century is very fluid. You and your children are part of it!  If you are caught in the gridlock of making a transition in some area of your life, the first thing you need to consider is: whatever you need to do to reach maximum success in any category is located in two places; your head and your heart. But change also means there are some things you need to begin and some things that you will need to end, and involves both head and heart. Both areas are connected, very powerful, and one will eventually affect the other.  STATIONS will guide you through some areas using common sense suggestions that you have heard from family, friends, associates or even a stranger.

CARVER PARK and STATIONS can be purchased at Melanin Origins, Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Barnes & Noble offers CARVER PARK in NookBook, paperback and hardback format. Amazon provides an ebook and paperback for STATIONS. I hope you enjoy both!

SHORTY and THE SULLIVANS, is due for release March 5, 2018. Yes, sometimes dogs have the same issues as humans!



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Intimate Conversation with Lynda J. Mubarak - Shorty and The Sullivans


Dr. Lynda Mubarak is a native Texan and was raised in Waco and Ft. Worth. She is an Army veteran, retired special education teacher, and college ESL adjunct. Dr. Lynda’s love for reading and books began when she was an elementary student and continued during her teaching years.  She is the author of Stations, Carver Park, and Shorty & The Sullivans.  Dr. Lynda loves to travel, live theater and crossword puzzles. She is currently a co-host on “The Author’s Lounge Radio Show”, Fish Bowl Radio Network, Grey Stream, Tuesdays, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, CST, and she is busy writing her fourth book.


BPM: Tell us about your early reader book titled Shorty and The Sullivans.
Shorty and The Sullivans is a children's story that demonstrates how a friendship can develop from some very unusual circumstances. It also teaches young children that one should not make judgements based on appearance including color or size. The message of the story emphasizes that observation over a period of time will often determine the true value of a situation. Shorty and The Sullivans was created for children ages 6-10 and is available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.


BPM: What did you enjoy most about writing your children's books?
I enjoy writing books for children because it reminds me of the books I read as a child.  The imagination of a child is a wonderful thing. If you can create an image in a child's mind with words, with or without the assistance of an illustration, they will never forget it. Most people never forget the books they read as a young child.


BPM: How much planning goes into writing a book for kids?
I think the planning for writing a book for kids is related to your knowledge or experience with the subject matter. Writing about a topic for a kid's book can be a challenge because you must be able to relay the concepts without overwhelming the child.


BPM: What advice would you give aspiring writers that would help them finish a project?
Patience and consistency are the toughest issues for new authors. You will need to begin building a fan base before your book is published so that readers will be familiar with your brand and your message. Join writer groups and book clubs to ensure support and counsel for your project.  It's also good to maintain a writing schedule so that you don't lose focus and momentum. Lastly, spend time with people who can teach you the nuts and bolts of the industry through webinars and workshops online or in person.


BPM: What period of life or topics do you find you write about most often? 
I enjoy writing about early literacy, career readiness, community service, global empathy and life long learning. I am also especially interested in stories about adults of all ages who experience a life transition.


BPM: Did you learn anything personal from writing your book?
I learned that canines and humans have special relationships and they have much in common, especially in the case of rescued animals.


BPM: How has writing impacted your life?
I have a renewed respect for time, deadlines and the human condition.


BPM: What does literary success look like to you?
Literary success occurs when an adult or child tells me that my book was rewarding, inspiring or informative. Your skills as a writer don't count if no one is reading your work. Literary success is priceless!


BPM:  What are the three most effective tools for sharing your book with the world?
Social media, partnering with a community organization, and using the services of a professional internet publicist have been my most effective tools for sharing my books. It is impossible to reach the thousands of readers who may be a possible market for your book without professional assistance. You must be willing to invest in your project.


BPM:  What projects are you working on at the present?
I am currently working on a project related to communiy service and young children. My wish is for this project to continue as a series for young readers.


BPM: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Readers can visit my website:  www.lyndamubarak.com or my Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/lyndamubarak



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