Vestavia Hills Living

2017

Official magazine published by the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce for the City of Vestavia Hills which details the quality of life, education, shopping and lifestyle of Vestavia Hills.

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M Many of the best books are inspired by relationships or events in the author's life. For Sharman Martin, a longtime teacher at Vestavia Hills Elementary West who published her first children's book in 2014, that has certainly been the case. Not only was she inspired by the children she has taught for so many years, but Martin's work as an author has been influenced by a beloved three-legged dog as well as a good friend, U.S. Army combat veteran, double amputee and Dancing with the Stars finalist Noah Galloway. Now, with two children's books under her belt—I Can Play Too (2014) and Bo Meets a Hero (2015)—and more in her head, Martin spends time visiting schools to share her work, books and the lessons we can learn from those who are different. C H O O S I N G T O W R I T E Martin has always had a heart for furry friends, and was smitten by Bo, her three-legged rescue dog. "When I watched Bo struggling to keep up with my other two dogs and the other dogs not really accepting him, it made me think about schoolkids and our sweet special needs children," Martin says. "We try to teach children that we're all different but that's a good thing. We need to embrace differences." With those thoughts in mind, Martin penned her first book, I Can Play Too: Life-Changing Lessons from a Three-Legged Dog. When the book was published in 2014, it was a dream come true for Martin—and with its focus on acceptance, it was a hit among schoolchildren, school counselors and teachers. Of Heroes & Friends S T O R Y P H O T O S C O U R T E S Y O F E V A N C . W R I G H T 52 v e s tav i a h i l l s l i v i n g 2 0 1 7

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