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  First lady, Jenna Bush to write children's book
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Last EditedThe Sunset Provision  Aug 09, 2007 09:40pm
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MediaNewspaper - USA Today
News DateFriday, August 10, 2007 03:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionFirst lady Laura Bush and daughter Jenna Bush are writing a children's book about a boy who doesn't like to read. It is based on their experiences as teachers.
HarperCollins plans to announce today that it will publish the as-yet-untitled picture book next spring. It will be illustrated by Denise Brunkus, who's best known for her drawings in the popular Junie B. Jones series.

"It's a book that I've always wanted to write," Laura Bush said Wednesday in an interview. "And it's fun to be able to do it with your daughter."

She says the book is set in a school — somewhat like the Miss Nelson series by Harry Allard and James Marshall — and is about a funny, mischievous second-grader "who professes not to like books. He says he likes real things. Of course, what everyone who loves books knows is that even a fantastical character can become very real to a reader."

And that, she says, is something the boy learns with the help of his teacher. "It's loosely based on students we both had in our classrooms."

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