According to the laws of aerodynamics, bumble bees should not be able to fly.

But they fly anyway — because they don’t know they can’t.

That’s exactly the point that East Texas children’s author Juaniece Henry makes in her just-released children’s book “Fly High Bumble Bee” that she also illustrated.

“How many times do you go through life being told that you can’t do something? Children grow up with self-imposed limitations,” Henry said. “When actually we can do many things if we believe we can do it and if we have faith.”

Henry has always loved writing and began writing children’s literature nine years ago. She was certified in children’s literature from a correspondence class from the Institute of Children’s Literature in Connecticut.

“I kind of got away from writing for a while, but my husband started telling me I needed to start writing again,” Henry said. “The idea for this book just came to me. I feel like it is something I am supposed to do, something I am called to do. I believe it is important to get a good message out there to young children. I believe there is too much negative out there for kids and there needs to be some more positive.”

Henry dedicated the book to her two granddaughters, Tawny and Mallory.

“Tawny loved books since before she could walk — she wore me out reading books,” Henry said. “Reading to her helped me acquaint myself with children’s literature.”

Henry plans to write more children’s literature, with character-building morals built in.

“I want to be an encourager. It’s better to build people up instead of telling them they can’t do something,” Henry said. “There are a lot of lost qualities I’d like to see more in kids today, such as how to treat other people and how important it is to keep your word.”

Henry’s book “Fly High Bumble Bee” was self-published by Trafford Publishing. It is available for purchase for $9.95 at www.trafford.com/05-220.

“I believe reading is important and I believe that what you read is important. I feel like Oprah (Winfrey) — reading really can change your life,” Henry said.

Henry has lived in Palestine most of her life. She and her husband, Mike, moved from Palestine to Centerville in August 2005. In Palestine she attended Southside Baptist Church where she taught a Sunday school class of 3-year-olds. She now attends First Baptist Church of Centerville.

She works part time for Sussdorf Real Estate in Palestine and also has an online e-commerce business. The Henrys have three grown children and two grandchildren.

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