Sunday, June 14, 2009

A Family of Authors

I was visiting over on MySpace when a video I posted caught my eye... I realized my friends in Blogville didn't know about my daughter's book. I mentioned in an early blog about her being a writer and artist, but I didn't talk about the book! She wrote this delightful children's story titled 'Do Tigers Purr?' several years ago. When I started talking about my book, it brought up her dream of having her children's book published.

I thought it would be nice for her to be able to read her story to the babies at bedtime out of a real book with illustrations; So one day when I was feeling a bit crafty, I decided to make her book into a book! I found some cute pictures on the internet and did my 'own touch' thing to them, added her words, printed them out, made a binding... Well, the result was what you see in the picture. It is probably the best gift I ever gave her, even better than the first car!

When she first pulled it out of the bag, she thought I had found a book with her title! Then it hit her!

Someday soon I hope to have her book published. G#1 Dani is going to do the actual illustrations. (She had better get on the ball!) That will make it a three-generation effort. When you find it in the bookstores, it will not say, 'by Mommy' but by Jen Grams. I'll let you know...

I absolutely love her reaction to the book. Here it is for you to enjoy:





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My Essays blog has a link on the sidebar to my MySpace profile. There you will find my older blogs (before I moved to Blogville) and lots of pictures and videos of life on the farm and my family. (You must be my friend on MySpace to view my grands' pics.)

13 comments:

Rae said...

That's so fantastic. Isn't great to give something that really pleases someone? Plus her surprise is awesome. You did good!

chicamom85 said...

What a nice story! I know you will have it on bookshelves some day and I will buy it, I promise you.

I love being a Mom, this post made me feel good, you are a great Mom

Anne

Grandma Nina said...

What a great story. You are so creative. I don't think I would even know how to make my own book.Those are the type of gifts that are priceless.

Lille Diane said...

This is extra cool, Lily!!! What a fabulous idea! This is a lifetime memory. You totally rock!!!! TOTALLY!!!

Lille Diane said...

Did I say totally??? Totally ROCK???

SquirrelQueen said...

You are like the best mom ever, what a wonderful gift.
I will be standing in line at the bookstore before the doors even open for both books the second they are published.

MzzLily said...

We've just got to light the fire under G#1! Jen doesn't want to publish the book unless Dani does the illustrations! So, I've told her to get off her butt!

charmine said...

HOW CREATIVE & YOU GIVE SO MUCH BACK TO THE FAMILY.I gave you an award come see.

charmine said...

HOW CREATIVE & YOU GIVE SO MUCH BACK TO THE FAMILY.I gave you an award come see.

TC said...

Great story, and I'm sure it's a great book, I can tell by your daughters face what joy and amazement the book brought her!

A "cheery" disposition said...

such a wonderful gift.

Wendy said...

Great gift! Depending on how many pages it is you might try publishing it on blurb.com or something like that. (The book has to be at least 20 pages.) You don't have to order minimums or anything. I did a picture book like that for a client of mine. Beautiful hardbound book with a dust jacket. Lovely. Just at thought!

Chuck Dilmore said...

THAT is soo touching!
beautiful gift, tribute!

nicely done!

peace~
Chuck