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  "Do you know anyone who experiences difficulties when it comes to learning and memory?  I sure do.  Not only have I had the experience of teaching children who must face challenges daily in the classroom, but ADHD also runs in my family.  This book is not only for children, but for all ages, challenged or not."

                                                                             -Pamela M Hebert, Author 

Born and raised in Hawaii, author Pamela M. Oakland Hebert taught for a decade with the Department of Education in Honolulu, where she was an Elementary School Teacher. Ms. Hebert holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, as well as a Minor in Art, from the University of Hawaii. Elliot Finley’s Jus’ Plain Ole Daisy is her first novel.

Every year, millions of children are diagnosed as educationally “challenged”. It is important for them to know that, despite their struggle in the classroom, they are OKAY, and that not everyone takes in and processes information the same way. According to popular educational theory, there exists what are known as “multiple intelligences,” but approaching and educating the different "intelligences" is not yet a mainstream consideration.  

Children need to know they have strengths that might not be obvious, and to try to recognize and cultivate these strengths so that they may feel good about themselves, rather than isolated. Such is the intriguing premise behind Elliot Finley's Jus' Plain Ole Daisy by teacher, historian, and author Pamela M. Oakland Hebert.  She insists such students will be inspired by the fictitious main character, Elliot, who overcomes her limitations by realizing her talent, and will be enraptured by the magic of Daisy and the Shaman. 


A Question and Answer session with the Author:

Q: What were your personal reasons for writing the book?

A: I admit the character of Elliot Finley and I have similarities. I had problems focusing on subjects that did not interest me, just like Elliot. I sometimes felt I did not measure up in the classroom, and I know millions of other children in this world feel the same.  

Q: Was there a silver lining to your academic problems?

A: I did gain insight into my strengths as I reached high school. It took all those years to understand that I was better at certain things, and I learned to focus on those strengths. I went on to teach elementary school for ten years, and saw the same debilitating condition in a few of the children that filtered through my classroom every year. I want to reach every child through a medium they love: storytelling.

Q: Was that the origin for this particular book?

A: That, and as a single mother, I saw in my child great strength in the academics, which brought relief because I thought she would not experience the same feelings of inadequecies that I did.  But, I saw her struggle in other areas, just like everyone else, and it was then that I realized it is not just about understanding that we do not process information or perform the same academically, but that we all have gifts in certain areas that others may not; we just have to focus on what that area is.

Kailua, Hawaii


Photo by Celeste Esposito DeLuze

Q: How did you get into writing? 

A: Toward the end of my teaching career, my class would write and perform plays for other children across multiple grade levels. We had a lot of fun, even those that professed not being fond of school. We also invited parents and volunteers in the community to come into our room twice a week. We'd set up tables in the four corners of the room, and while most of the class did their silent reading, the "tutors" worked with each child, one on one, to help edit what the children had written for language arts as a response to whatever activity we did that week. The attention they received was incredible, and their reading, writing, and editing capabilities expanded HAPPILY as a result. No one complained that writing was a painful process for them during those years. This overflowed into my own personal life, and the need to reach out to children who struggle in the classroom inspired this book.