Written by Eleanor A. Peterson & Illustrated by John Seckman
Launching onto a bookshelf near you in June!
Eleanor Reveals Her Love of Writing Kidlit:
In a way, I'm a bit like Peter Pan; deep inside, I never grew up. I love sharing my adventures as a kid with new generations and I share through writing. And playing! Kids are cooped up in classrooms and homes all day. Most kids that I know are glued to Ipad’s instead of playing outdoors and getting dirty. I think they're missing out on a lot of fun and I for one, love being outside! Where else would I talk to trees & chat with critters?!
Eleanor Tells Us About Her Book:
Most folks know all about dinosaurs but how many know about Jurassic rats? JURASSIC RAT is the story of an a rat who faces enormous dangers going in search of food for his family. Unfortunately, because he’s a bit on the clumsy side, Rat gets into all sorts of trouble. He trips over logs, drops precious eggs, and comes face to face with a terrifying allosaurus! Will Rat live to feed and snuggle with his family one more time before going out and doing it all over again?
Eleanor Has Big Book Birthday Plans!
Here in Italy, the last day of school is June 8th. No school visits & libraries are not searching for events after the schools shut down. All that will have to wait until fall when school starts back up. Meanwhile, I plan to gather a group of international English speaking friends and have a party with activities. Rat, my puppet, will introduce himself to the group while we watch the video clips I’ve prepared for each character in my picture book.
Eleanor Reveals Some Fun Facts About Herself:
1) When I visit my sister in Canada, she warns everyone--"Auntie Ely is coming from Italy. Watch out!" Why you say? Well, once I babysat my sister’s kids and fed them what I thought were typical steaks from the freezer. I thawed and ground the thin steaks. My brother-in-law was not impressed; it was moose meat he was keeping for a special occasion. Yuk!
2) I drive my brother-in-law crazy when I visit (and not just in the kitchen!). There was a wild turkey with an injured foot that hung around my sister's backyard. I felt sorry for it and wanted to help. My sister is a nurse and said, "Don’t you dare touch it, it’s probably sick, and you’ll get a disease.’"Well, I had a ball with the kids that afternoon as I imitated the turkeys gobble, gobble, gobble. The kids chimed in until my brother-in-law the party pooper told us to stop. I think I’ll write a picture book about these events; it could be a fun story?
3) I’m adventurous and love to play with kids and let myself go forgetting I’m a grown up. The kids seem to enjoy my company, but not the grown-ups. I think they forgot how to have fun.
Find JURASSIC RAT to purchase at these locations:
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/jurassic-rat-eleanor-ann-peterson/1131275012?ean=9781950169122
And don't forget to request a copy of JURASSIC RAT at your school & local library!
Eleanor has been called a Druid; she talks to trees, creeping critters, and animals. While waiting to hear back from them she paints, makes puppets, and plays with clay. She has a BS in Environmental Sciences and Territorial Management and has shared her passion for nature by teaching animal tracking to Middle Graders.
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