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Author & business owner Karl Beckstrand has included tips he has learned in his Careers for Kids picture book series. Book I: "Bright Star, Night Star: An Astronomy Story"; Book II: "Ma MacDonald Flees the Farm"; Book III: “The Bridge of the Golden Wood: A Parable on How to Earn a Living”; Book IV: "Great Cape o' Colors - Capa de colores" (English-Spanish with pronunciation guide) --each written in dyslexic-friendly font (most in hard cover) and available in soft cover and ebook via major distributors, Amazon, and

“5 stars. There was once a time when we would sit at the knees of elders and listen to stories and parables. … there was always a hidden message buried within the story lines. The tale unfolds like a story being shared by a clever storyteller. … Karl Beckstrand’s picture book story … is exactly what its title suggests: a parable. … In this fast-paced world of trinkets and high tech toys, it is so easy to get caught up with the newest and latest toy. … There is a growing need to take a step back and visualize what’s really important in life. … For one little boy, his ability to make ingenious and useful objects out of discarded things defined him. … A chance encounter with an old woman sitting by a stream turns into a very lucrative enterprise. When the boy asks the old woman what she is looking at, she simply says, ’Trouble and treasure.’ The boy asks for an explanation and she tells him that the scattering of branches in the stream is causing a blockage that the fish can’t swim past. And the treasure? That’s what the boy will discover. … And it’s not what you would think. … It is colorfully illustrated to help move the events along. At the end of the book, once the treasure is revealed, the author allows the reader to peruse some further ideas of how to build one’s own treasure. … A very educational resource and a good story as well.” - Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Pennies don't fall from heaven, they have to be earned here on earth. - Margaret Thatcher