“I have no background writing besides English in high school,” said the woman behind ‘Get Down’. “I do, however, enjoy creating stories or songs for my family and friends.”
‘Get Down’ is children's fiction, for ages 0-5 years, said Sawchyn, a Licensed Practical Nurse in Yorkton.
“It follows along with the main character Baby and how he encourages several different family members to get down on the ground where he is, to play and bond with him,” she said.
So what inspired Sawchyn, who was born in Wadena, to pen the book?
“It was worth writing because myself and other new parents I've talked to have wondered what's the best educational toy for their babies to best help them develop socially, emotionally and physically,” she said.
“I learned that by getting down on the floor with your little one that you were by far the best tool for learning. They learn so much from watching, playing, giggling and listening to you it’s actually amazing and I think this book will be a good reminder of that.”
As far as the best aspect of the book, Sawchyn said it is a story parents can learn from.
“Often parents don't know how to interact with their baby until they start to move more or communicate,” she said. “This book shows some ideas on how to bond with your baby while at the same time encouraging emotional, social and physical development.”
As a result, the book is not just for babies-to-toddlers, but is a good resource for parents with young children, said Sawchyn.
Sawchyn said for a first-effort the book came together well.
“I feel like it flowed pretty well, it is definitely short and sweet. I actually came up with the rhymes and sentences while rocking my firstborn to sleep for his nap,” said the mother of two.
But, orf course there were some challenges, although less related to the writing.
Sawchyn said it was “trying to figure out if I could get it published and then waiting two months to hear back if the publishers actually wanted to publish it.
“I started this project September 2020 so it's been a long process.”
The book is available at the Pegasus publisher’s website and will be available at Amazon soon as well.
There will also be books sold at the Yorkton Handmade store, said Sawchyn, adding “I will also have some on hand if you message my Facebook page ‘Get Down by Taylor Sawchyn’.”