Story is a powerful way to build compassion and bridge understanding between cultures. Story has the power to heal as well as teach.

Beyond Boundaries · Essays and tidbits from Nancy Bo Flood

Soldier Sister, Fly Home to be a Talking Book!

July 18, 2017

Arizona State Library has chosen Soldier Sister to become one of their audio selections for the Arizona Talking Book Library. They asked if I would do the reading because patrons prefer listening to the author. We started last week, and so far, it has been a very positive experience. I sure was nervous!

The audio book will be available nationwide through the Talking Book program. I am especially pleased about this because while working on Soldier Sister I came to know the Piestewa family. Mr. Terry Piestewa is a Vietnam Veteran. His eyes were damaged during the war, and because of recurrent infections he has only one eye and can barely see light and shadows. He wanted to read Soldier Sister, Fly Home. Soon he will be able to listen to it.

How special that this book about families and deployment will be available to all, including veterans, who have diminished eyesight.

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A Favorite Water Moment

May 23, 2017

Recently, I visited Utah schools to talk about Water Runs Through This Book and the live-giving water cycle. A favorite moment: I was talking about why we need glaciers and ice caps at the poles and I asked the second graders “What is important about the Arctic, the North Pole?”

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Veterans Day

November 10, 2016

Veterans Day. Everyone has a part, helping or riding. Families prepare all week. Veterans groom their horses so even the hooves shine. Soldiers from any war or conflict—both women and men—clean and polish tack, get uniforms out, and prepare to ride.

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Yolanda Scott, Nancy Bo Flood

“Walking a Bridge Between Two Worlds”

October 13, 2016

“I believe that although cultures differ, the human heart does not.” I hope you’ll enjoy this interview with my editor, Yolanda Scott, published by CBC Diversity. Thank you, Yolanda, for the opportunity to share how I came to write Soldier Sister, Fly Home, and why I think books like this are essential for our young readers.

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Meet On The Bridge

August 15, 2016

I agree with Tim Tingle that even if one does not “know” another culture, sharing one’s perspective is important and valid. The most important research is the experience of participating. Someone once said you don’t begin to know a culture until you hold their babies. I agree.

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When Water Weeps

July 12, 2016

We Americans, not they or us, but all Americans, we grieve. Every life matters.

“The cure for anything is salt water. Sweat, tears, or the sea.” —Isak Dinesen

Not bullets.

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A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

Walking hours for water

June 16, 2016

Have you read A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park? It’s been on the New York Times paperback bestseller list for 40 weeks as people around the world take to heart the lives of people in the Sudan who must walk for hours each day to get the water that sustains their lives.

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“Life in a Drop of Water”

June 9, 2016

Here’s a good video, from Chance of Science, to show when your class reads Water Runs Through This Book. “Incredible close-up photography features dozens of these amazing life forms, including amoeba, paramecia, euglena, rotifers, water bears, and many more.

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