Bayside author heads to the garden for her new book

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Bayside author Kim Cunniffe has taken her experiences as a tutor of young students and turned them into a new book to help inspire children to think positively.

“The Friendly Flower” tells the story of Tilly, a young girl who wanders out into her garden and meets a happy flower. This friendly little bloom asks Tilly if the young girl is thinking happy thoughts.

If Tilly focuses on the positive and concentrates on things she likes, she will feel good, the flower says.

“If you’re going to think anything, think thoughts of light,” Cunniffe said. “Anyone can be helped just by having a positive thought.”

Cunniffe turned to writing after coming across one too many children’s books that failed to include an interesting story line or important message, she said.

Letting her imagination run wild, Cunniffe said she included a lot of fun imagery that came to her throughout the process after she prayed to God.

And even though the Christian book publisher Tate is releasing Cunniffe’s story, she opted to leave any discussion of a higher power out of her tale.

“It’s not religious, and I didn’t include God because some parents are sensitive to that,” Cunniffe said.

As a tutor, Cunniffe works with students who show potential but need extra help with their reading skills.

She hopes parents will take time to read her book to their children.

“This could help change the world,” she said. “It can stay with them their whole lives.”

Updated 12:32 am, July 10, 2018
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Jack Fitzwallace from Astoria says:
Unfortunately, Kim's tale of a Friendly Flower is a sham. Her husband is a child molester, and a closeted homosexual, who recently was caught using the services of I would not recommend this book to anyone, especially not children, in light of the author's involvement with Richard, who cannot be trusted given his addiction to drugs and male prostitutes.
Sept. 29, 2015, 4:02 pm
Stuck in silience from Forest Hills says:
Jack, your comment is all too true. Kim was my son's tutor few years ago. Her husband was a little too close with him and other boys), and repeatedly molested our boy in exchange for baseball cards and other toys. Other parents have reported the same. I warn all parents, especially those who are considering a tutor or attending an upcoming book reading. My heart goes out to other victims
Sept. 30, 2015, 1:18 pm
Friend from Kew Gardens says:
Yes, Kim's husband is a manipulative liar who fondled our 2 boys at a book store. He is a drunk, who should be kept far away from children. Do Kim and this man use children's books to lure little boys into molestation??
Sept. 30, 2015, 5:55 pm
Peter from Bayside says:
"The Friendly Flower" - should be called "The Ugly Tree;" the author has fallen off it and been hit by every single branch on the way down.
Sept. 30, 2015, 8:14 pm
George from Little Neck says:
Kim and her creepy husband having been using the guise of children's books to abuse and molest boys. They should be stopped
Sept. 30, 2015, 8:16 pm
Mary from Floral Park says:
Richard Cunniffe told my 16 year old son he was a "big time" investment advisor who could help get him a job on Wall Street. When my son met with Richard, he was molested. He touched my boy and robbed him of his innocence.
Oct. 1, 2015, 9:43 am
Joe from Howard beach says:
I am shocked that the Times would do a story on the Cunniffe's given Richard's record of abusing boys
Oct. 1, 2015, 9:56 am
Riccardo from Brooklyn says:
At Chatsworth Securities, Richard Cunniffe had a reputation for coke and young male prostitutes. He should be in jail. Kim must have known Richard's homosexual tendencies
Oct. 1, 2015, 11:17 pm

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