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Claybe is a happy little monkey who lives in the jungle. His favorite thing to do is to swing by his beautiful long furry tail. Claybe is just as happy as happy can be until the day he discovers people. Suddenly, Claybe’s life doesn’t seem as great to him as the lives of a people. Claybe wonders if a people’s life is better than a monkey’s life. What does Claybe do about it?
Come visit with Claybe in his colorful jungle world. See the moment Claybe discovers people and travel with him to the Big City where he learns about people and their ways. What does he learn? How does he feel about people? What does he do?
Follow Claybe on his adventures…
A child’s world is often confusing and a little frightening, and children need help in facing and expressing what they feel. Author Francinelee Hand knows that if children are encouraged to share what they feel, it will help strengthen the child and create a powerful bond between the child and their adult.
The Claybe Collection is a children’s storybook series about a happy little monkey named Claybe, who lives in the jungle. Claybe is young and just beginning life’s journey. There are so many things he doesn’t understand. He begins to experience feelings he has never felt before.
For children ages 3-7, this delightful series with colorful hand painted illustrations was created to aid children in understanding their feelings. Children require patience, kindness, encouragement, and laughter. They thrive on affection and intimacy. The Claybe collection will help the child open the windows to the feelings within.
Francinelee Hand was born and raised in Miami Beach, Florida. Earning her BA at the University of Miami, she had a daily children’s tv show in which she dramatized classical children’s literature and poetry. Upon moving to Manhattan, she earned her MA at Columbia University and became a NYC educator. Married, and with a daughter (now a grandmother of two), she taught music and dance to young NYC children for 20 years.
Longing for the natural beauty of the tropical landscape, she returned to Miami Beach. Her love of teaching and nurturing children never left her. Francinelee had become aware of the crucial need in children to recognize and respect what they feel. Further, and most importantly, they had the need to share what these feelings mean without fear or shame. This awareness leads to self-discovery and the result is elevated confidence.
Francinelee decided to create the Claybe collection. The Claybe collection is a group of stories which help children recognize their feelings as guideposts in their little world. The child’s world is often confusing and a little frightening, and children need help in facing and expressing what they feel. If they are encouraged to share these feelings and sort them out this strengthens the child. It creates a powerful bond between the child and their adult. Children require patience, kindness, encouragement and laughter. They thrive on affection and intimacy. Perhaps the Claybe collection will help the child open the windows to the feelings within.
Book 2, Claybe and the Race, is scheduled for Spring 2024. Francinelee has been writing poetry all her life. Her poetry book, Rhymes from the Sunshine Ritz, will also be released in 2024, to be followed by more of the Claybe collection.