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Local author to have book signing Saturday

Thursday, November 15, 2012

(Submitted photo) Solsberry author Janet Sparks is pictured with her son, Shane, who is a fourth grader at Eastern Greene Elementary School. Shane is holding an illustration that was used on Sparks' book cover.
An eastern Greene County author will be signing her first children's book Saturday as part of the Eastern Greene Middle School Holiday Craft Bazaar.

Janet Sparks, of Solsberry, will be available to sign copies of her book, "Do Mice Like Mushrooms?"

The signing will take place between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the middle school cafeteria and multi-purpose room.

In the book, published by Tate Publishing Company last month, a mother and son sit down to find out if mice like mushrooms and she learns that her son's question is not just mere curiosity.

This story not only encourages reading among children, but also has activities for parents and their young ones.

"This is my first book, which started out simply as a story for my son and my nephew. I began using rhythm and rhyme tales, combined with activity, to teach my son language; this particular tale is accented by alliteration: i.e.: 'Do mice like mushrooms? the boy quickly inquired. 'The answer is simple,' his tired mother sighed. 'Mice are delighted with a big chunk of cheese. Now I must get on with my chores if you please," she explained.

Janet Sparks' first children's book.
Sparks explained that her son, Shane, who is now a fourth grader at Eastern Greene Elementary School, loved the tales of rhythm and rhyme -- and blossomed into a young reader very early.

"He surprised us all by beginning to read and spell at 18 months," she said.

The 32-page book is a combination print/audio book that is available at Amazon and other online book sources as well as through Tate Publishing Company at http://domicelikemushrooms.tateauthor.co... .

"My husband (John) and son aided me in the narration. My sister (Barbara Duncan) and I illustrated the book together. The scenes are constructed from a variety of materials and common objects which I then photographed," she said.

Sparks is a dental hygienist, employed by Thomas Watkins D.D.S. in Bloomington since 1994.

She participates in "Good News Club" at Eastern Greene School and teaches fourth-sixth grade Sunday School at Elnora Church of Christ.

The craft bazaar is sponsored by the Middle School S.A.V.E. (Students Against Violence Everywhere) Club.

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