In my book Cicadas Wings of War and Peace, the importance of approaching life's challenges with a positive attitude is shown to be essential. The main character, seven-year- old Olivia, a lovable, joyful girl, has a healthy imagination. Her first encounter with her cicada friends is met without prejudice. She does not surrender to the fears that paralyze her mother and other adults when they encounter the insects.
Throughout the story, Olivia demonstrates age-appropriate independence. She has the ability to make decisions and take action when needed. Olivia also gathers new friends Miya, Mora, and Ms. Edna to assist her. Her friends help her accomplish things that she is not able to do alone.
When things get tough, Olivia and her friends learn to use the power of prayer. Faith in a Supreme Being gives them guidance to find resolutions to multiple problems.
Ultimately Olivia comes to a full understanding of faith and love. Her growth promotes a strong central character who triumphs over adversity in the narrative.