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Author Maureen Stolar Kanefield
Award winning author, Maureen Stolar Kanefield attributes her inspiration for writing the first Maxwell book to her personal philosophy.
She believes that children should be surrounded with opportunities of all kinds at all levels. “They should seek and find what interests them, and most importantly, they must have the confidence to rise above anything that impedes their dreams,” Maureen suggests.In the multiple award winning picture book, The Magic of Maxwell and His Tail, Maxwell is that character. He overcomes the difficulty of having a tail that is much too long and discovers he is stronger and better because of it, not in spite of it.“The book is a metaphor to every child’s life,” Maureen explains. “A child will always have to overcome one or more obstacles in their young years. It is finding the strength, or ‘magic within,’ through positive direction and self-realization that empowers a child to move forward. From there, children will open their minds to erudition at the highest level.”Maureen received the Mom’s Gold Choice Award 2014 and was a finalist in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. As a member of SCBWI, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Maureen has gained an added respect for the children’s book writing industry. With the publication of her first children’s book, The Magic of Maxwell and His Tail, she brings to the forefront a message that all children should hear. That message is to accept life’s challenges and find the strength, or ‘magic within,’ you to achieve your dreams.Maureen Kanefield has enjoyed a fulfilling career as an educator, passionately dedicated to teaching children of all ability levels, from special needs to the gifted student. An insatiable learner herself, she has sought ways—inside and outside the box, including integrated curriculum instruction (language arts and social studies) and Gardner’s eight intelligences—for awakening children’s natural curiosity and guiding them to learning successes. The underlying purpose of her children’s books is to encourage young readers to recognize and celebrate their unique gifts.

Maureen lives in Chicago, her base for advocating on behalf of children for enhanced educational experiences.
Maureen is an active volunteer and advocate for the Special Kids Network and First Tee Organization.


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The First Tee BlogThe Magic of Maxwell and His Tail is the first in a series of books to entertain, educate, and encourage children to be their better selves.

A portion of the proceeds from this book will be used to support Special Kids Network Deerfield, IL, and other children’s nonprofit organizations.

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