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Books by Kristan Shimpi

  • Smooch’s World: We Just Lived in It

    In 2013, Kristan Shimpi turned forty. She was a parent of two school-age children, and she and her husband were trying to decide if their family was complete. They could never get on the same page about more children, but Kristan had a strong desire to nurture. So, in six months, she collected four chickens, two cats, and a puppy named Smooch. Smooch’s tongue was so big that it did not fit into her mouth, and she used that tongue to smooch everyone she met.


    Smooch was a bullmastiff, a breed that was supposed to be calm, not need a lot of exercise, and be really easy to train. Smooch was the total opposite. She was one-hundred-percent love and not a good listener. She taught their family that love can be accepting and unconditional. This book includes anecdotes of Smooch’s life with Kristan’s family. It was not a long life, but it was full of so many adventures and memories that she will cherish forever.

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Kristan Shimpi lives outside of Charleston, South Carolina, with her husband of over twenty years. They recently became empty nesters when both of their children headed to college.After earning a PhD in curriculum and instruction, Kristan codeveloped an academic support skills curriculum at the Duke Child and Family Study Center.More recently, Kristan published a book about teaching problem-solving skills to young girls. Her special interests include helping parents manage challenging home and school behaviors and teaching girls of all ages self-awareness and self-advocacy skills.Smooch served as her loyal executive assistant for almost seven years.

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