Winnsboro author publishes her first children’s book

For any child who is nervous about making a trip to a medical office, Maddie Goes to the Nurse Practitioner, the new children’s book by Cindy Middleton Gray of Winnsboro will help reassure them and calm their fears.

Maddie is a precocious 3-year-old surrounded by brothers and male cousins. Together they have many adventures, and Maddie recounts one of their tales in Maddie Goes to the Nurse Practitioner.

Maddie’s falls while playing with her cousins and thisl results in a minor head injury, so her mother immediately takes her to their family nurse practitioner to get checked out. After she checks in at the clinic, Maddie and her mother meet “Aunt Carol,” the nurse practitioner.

As Maddie recounts her visit with Aunt Carol and her story is sure to give comfort to children – and their parents – who may be nervous about visiting a nurse practitioner or doctor. At the end of the book, Gray gives background information on nurse practitioners for those unfamiliar with the profession.

“Everyone can identify with children and their adventures,” Gray writes. “I felt strongly that the world of medicine should be explained and demystified so that children feel safe and at ease when visiting a medical practitioner.”

Cindy Middleton Gray has been a certified family nurse practitioner for almost nine years and a registered nurse since 1994. She works especially well with children, and Maddie’s character is based on her 3-year-old niece. The “Aunt Carol” character in the book is also a real-life adaptation, as Gray allows her patients to call her “Aunt Cindy” if they wish. She lives in Winnsboro with her husband, Scott, and their five sons.

This is her first book.

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