Thursday, February 01, 2007

Great Children's Book

I just saw an excellent children's book today: Terrible Storm by Carol Otis Hurst, illustrated by S.D. Schindler. It was about this woman's two grandfathers, who grew up together in a small town in Massachussetts and were friends ever since they were boys. One was very much a gregarious, outgoing extrovert, and one was an ISTJ (like myself). During the Great Blizzard of 1888, both young men got stranded in the places least suited for them... Grandpa Backslapper in a barn by himself, and Grandpa Introvert in a house full of people-persons. It's a great book!

The author based it on stories told her by her own two grandfathers. I had not been familiar with her, so I was surprised and saddened to see that she just passed away a few days ago. From her website: Carol Otis Hurst died at home January 21st at age 73. Carol was a life long resident of Westfield and taught many years there and in West Springfield. For the past 30 years she worked as a storyteller and educational consultant. She wrote many books for both teachers and children. Her recent success as a childrens' author brought her great joy and satisfaction. (Local paper's obit here.)

Carol, I have to thank you for capturing the plight of the introvert stuck in a house full of people so perfectly! (I'm sure the extroverts will thank you for capturing their plight too, as soon as the Super Bowl is over.)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know where I find Kathy Ireland's Childrens books?
We got ona as agift and my kids love it?
help please

12:41 PM  

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