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CHURUBUSCO â€” Any writer worth their salt will advise aspiring authors to write about what they know. Wanda Howell, of Churubusco, did just that. She recently self-published a short story for children about farms, a dog and a rabbit.
â€śRose and Rabbit Go to the Fair,â€ť is a tale about a farm with quite a bit of junk on its property. Rose, a curious sort of dog, happens to discover an old truck amid the piles.
Rose invites Rabbit, a wild hare, to hop in the vehicle. The pair manage to start the truck, drive to town and visit a dog show. The childrenâ€™s book is available on Amazon and through Barnes and Nobleâ€™s catalog.
Writing a book for children was an easy choice for Howell. She knows kids.
Her husband, Earl, was a school teacher for 40 years. The couple, who has been married 53 years, have eight grandchildren. Howell, has spent a number of years teaching preschool and working in the nursery at her church. For Howell, children were the perfect audience of choice.
Howell knows farms. Having lived in Churubusco for most of her life, sheâ€™s seen plenty of farms and witnessed scenes very similar to the ones described in her book.
â€śI would drive by these farms that have all kinds of stuff in the yards. Thereâ€™s just a lot of things that pile up on a farm,â€ť Howell said. â€śIt made me stop and think about the animals that probably live in and around all that stuff.â€ť
Dogs and rabbits arenâ€™t to far from Howellâ€™s knowledge either. Wild rabbits race through her yard on a regular basis and the occasional, adventurous farm dog has crossed her path as well.
â€śWhere there is a farm, there is a farm dog,â€ť said Howell. â€śI knew I wanted a dog that wasnâ€™t necessarily a certain pedigree. I wanted him to be nondescript, but be loveable. And the rabbit is just your regular wild rabbit that weâ€™ve all had in our yards.â€ť
Although the characters arenâ€™t inspired by any personal pets, Howell created the pair with a great deal of personality.
â€śThe two will continue on with their adventures,â€ť said Howell. She is in the middle of working on a second book entitled, â€śRose and Rabbit Go to the Garden.â€ť
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