One day at the library while my children were combing through the books and toys, I was searching for some Bring-Home material. I came upon this book: Muriel’s Red Sweater, by Dara Dokas.
I am one of those people who do judge a book by its cover. I thought it was adorable so I added it to my stack to borrow. When we got home, my boys and I cuddled up together to read all the books we had just gotten (this is typical library day behavior in our house). When we read it, we found Muriel’s Red Sweater to be as delightful as I thought it would be. Muriel is a duck who puts on her red sweater and then goes about town inviting her friends to her birthday party. When she gets back home, she has a surprise waiting for her. We read and reread Muriel’s story often and brought it back to the library a little bit saddened to return it.
It wasn’t long after that I learned the author of Muriel’s Red Sweater, Dara Dokas, lived in our own backyard. (Not literally. Our neighbor in our backyard is our city manager) Time went on and I happened upon an event where I was privileged to meet Dara. In fact, we raced each other out of The Loft Literary Center building. I think it’s safe to say that the author of one of my children’s beloved stories is as amusing as her book is! Read More