Search Site   
Current News Stories
IFBF: Bird flu is costing Iowa nearly $427M in lost income

Sponsoring NASCAR driver is a winning formula for ag firms 

USDA projects lowest farm income in 6 years for 2015

Analyst: Wall Street rollercoaster shouldn’t harm U.S. grain market

Indiana refinery repairs cause gas price to hike

Partnership working to get word out about soil health

USDA awarding $5M more to help reduce Lake Erie runoff

Wet-weather corn mycotoxins scarce so far for this season

Program trains producers for emergencies, PR duty

Indiana producer gets ahead of zoning curve

Women in Ag winners educate young and adult leaders

   
News Articles
Search News  
   
Story for grandchildren finds an eager publisher
 
By DEBORAH BEHRENDS
Illinois Correspondent

PERU, Ill. — Cathy Streul’s grandchildren like the stories she tells them about farm life.

One of those stories just popped into her head one evening when she couldn’t sleep, and she jotted it down so she wouldn’t forget it.
“My daughter loved it and kept pushing me until I contacted a publishing company,” Streul said.

With the help of Tate Publishing, she pushed her first book, Adventures from the Farm, into print. The company also provided an illustrator to add some whimsical farm animals.

Describing her story, she said, “It’s the first day of school at the farm, and the children are eagerly gathering in the Big Barn School. Ms. Susie Q. Goose tells them they’re going on an adventure. What excitement awaits Mary Moo, Penny and Peggy Chick, Porker T. Pig, and Timmy Turtle?”

The story is written for 3- to 7-year-old children, and has a lesson or two for them.

Streul said many of the stories she tells her grandchildren are about farm life. In fact, she said three of the characters in her story are based on her three children.

Although she’s lived in Peru, Ill., for 17 years, Streul said she grew up on a farm in Kansas with five brothers and two sisters.
Now that she’s gotten a start, Streul said she has many more stories in the works – and all have lessons to teach.

“Grandparents are working longer and don’t get as much quality time with their grandkids. These stories have lessons for the kids, things I would teach my grandkids. That’s one of the reasons I’m going to write more,” she explained.

Adventures from the Farm can be purchased direct from Tate Publishing at www.tatepublishing.com and from Amazon, or ordered by most bookstores.

The book also has its own Facebook page.
4/17/2013