I might be forgiven for thinking when I rounded up my first collection of essays in 2008 and called it Running with Stilettos, that it was my very first book. As far as I knew, my maiden voyage into self-publishing was the very first time I'd done something with the concept of "book" in the process. Blogging had been the first big tech hurdle for me to scale.
HOWEVER...my basement still contains some mystery boxes that have followed me through the decades. And when I was excavating one of them recently, I came across a children's book I had penned and illustrated for an assignment in French class at Immaculata High School in Chicago. I think in the publishing world, this is what's known as "the lost manuscript"!!
I had completely forgotten about it until then, but as I turned the pages I laughed with delight! I really loved going to Immaculata, and loved French class, and remember that "Mrs. Boushay" was our young and enthusiastic French teacher who made learning this foreign language a lot of fun. I only got to attend Immaculata for a couple of years, but I still have quite fond memories. Unfortunately, in the intervening life, I've forgotten all that French, and so the current translation services are now courtesy of Google!!
Given that this little "book" is only twelve pages long, I'm not going to publish it on Amazon!! But still, Mrs. Boushay DID suggest that I publish it when she graded it! So I'd like to share it and the notion that sometimes, what we liked to do as children turns out to be what we still like to do fifty years later. And as I read this in light of my Finnigan the Circus Cat books, I am STILL such a sucker for the little underdog who finds his courage and rises to the occasion!
"Goodbye," he shouted to his forest friends. "I'm going south to visit my family and celebrate, but I will return!"