Friday, June 19, 2020

The Story of the Little Candle: A Book of Inspiration

Anyone who follows me knows that I love to read to my grandchildren. There is nothing more fun for me to do than to cuddle up with them and read a story. So, when I find an absolutely brilliant one, I get excited. "The Story of the Little Candle: A Book of Inspiration," by Inshan Meahjohn, is one of those. It is also brilliantly illustrated by Clivia Vialva, David Francisco, and Kayden James. For me, I hope this team keeps on writing and publishing children's books as this one warms the heart in so many ways. Take a look and meet the author.

The Story of the Little Candle: A Book of Inspiration Paperback – January 22, 2020

by Inshan Meahjohn  (Author), Clivia Vialva (Illustrator), David Francisco (Illustrator), Kayden James (Illustrator)


One day, an unlit candle wandered off into the forest to dream, pray, and meditate on what could be. He pondered the possibility of a different kingdom, one where the light of hope would prevail, and the light of love would be constant. The Story of the Little Candle is easy to follow a tale that can help children face challenges in a positive manner and empower them to overcome difficulties. Children will easily identify with the main character, who finds his light from within, defeats the dark king, and illuminates the entire kingdom. This powerful story can inspire kids to address issues such as bullying, self-image, social skills, and learning challenges while encouraging reading, creativity, and visioning skills.

Product details

Age Range: 4 - 8 years

Grade Level: Preschool - 3

Paperback: 30 pages

Publisher: Balboa Pr (January 22, 2020)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1982240717

ISBN-13: 978-1982240714

Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

Inshan Meahjohn is an inspirational author and Ph.D. candidate. One of my main aspirations in life is improving the human condition. As a husband and father of four, I recognise the importance of fostering the imagination and positive nature of children whilst instilling constructive values. When I am not working or spending time with my family, I enjoy reading, writing inspirational messages, and mentoring the youth.

What inspired you to author this book?

I decided to write this book because I believe this is how I can help make this world a better place. My inspiration comes from knowing that if we can help children walk in the light, then we can have an impact on future generations. I have dedicated my life to empowering others so that they live a fulfilled life and one that elevates humanity. The Story of the Little Candle came out of this mission to help others recognise their own greatness.

Where did you get the inspiration for your book's cover?

The illustrations were inspired by the need to convey a positive message that helps children to better comprehend and understand their own experiences through the little candle's vibrant and colourful showcasing of leadership, self-improvement, responsibility, confidence, and bravery.

Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer? 

My parents, wife, and children have had a significant impact on me. I have learned from them strength, purpose, courage, love, and gratitude.

What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?

This labor of love took seven years to complete and to get published. The illustrations took time and effort in order to showcase the story in an engaging way that children would love.

Tell your readers about your book.

The Story of the Little Candle is symbolic of the light that shines in all of us. It is about a little candle that uses his light to fight the "dark king," and in the end, the entire kingdom is illuminated. It is a story of the power of light over darkness.

The book takes place in a mystical kingdom of candles. The story and illustrations flow easily from page to page and effortlessly takes the reader along the full experience of the journey of the little candle, through the village, the forest, the town, and the castle.

The main character is a little candle, which is cute, endearing, friendly, and easily identified by children. The descriptions and nuances of the story showcase a character that is small, yet strong, determined, and motivational, and that is loved by children.

The global pandemic of COVID 19 and the associated fear is especially felt by the child, who many times does not have an adequate outlet to speak out and to share their worries, concerns, and fears. This book allows adults who read the book with kids to start a conversation about the child's mental health and how the current global environment is affecting them.

The other topic that is extremely relevant is the issue of racism. The story of the Little Candle is all-inclusive and encourages children to recognise that all human beings are equal. We all have a light inside of us that should unite us; it is a light that spreads love and not hate.

Who is your target audience, and why?

This book was created for young readers but speaks to the child in all of us; hence it is all-encompassing with a story that will be attractive to all age groups. The theme is universal and one that many people can relate to. It is meant to appeal to children between the ages of 2-12; however, it is a book that all should find interesting and enjoyable – especially parents, grandparents, teachers, and caregivers. The central character - the little candle - establishes how crucial the concepts of leadership, awareness, doing the right thing and standing up are, and develops in children the qualities of self-love, leadership, and responsibility.

What do you consider your greatest success in life?

My wonderful marriage of over 20 years and my four beautiful children, ranging from 5 to 17 yrs.

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

This book is different because it addresses numerous societal issues affecting children in a manner that is easy to understand and digest. This powerful story can inspire kids to address issues such as bullying, self-image, social skills, and learning challenges while encouraging reading, creativity, and visioning skills.