Originally, the story was titled, Francisco the Fish. It introduces the Letter F and the /f/ sound. I wanted to give this character a name because it was written with my grandpa in mind. He was a very special man and his great legacy is seen in the many generations after him and their happiness in the world. Many of my cousins and nephews have also been named Francisco.
The theme of the book is also special to me. Many people strive for material gain and fame and fortune but to me the most important thing is happiness. I have found that with my wife and children. i have fulfillment through my work and my creative outlet. We hope children can learn what is most important to them in their own lives.
In the end, the story remained intact, but we took out the name as we are working on another series of books; the name series where we will produce custom books with children’s names.