In A Land Far Away: Local 4th Grader is Published Writer

In A Land Far Away: Local 4th Grader is Published Writer

In A Land Far Away: Local 4th Grader is Published Writer

by Steve Gamel

She already has two published books, was the featured guest at a handful of book signings with her grandmother, and still has enough material from countless bedtime stories to create two or three more best-sellers if she wants to. Oh yeah, and she’s only in the fourth grade. She is Lantana resident and Blanton Elementary fourth-grader, Isabella Walker, who has created a literary tag team with her grandma, Linda Romblom, to recently publish their second book, Missing Pots Mystery. They held a book signing at Kimzey’s Coffee in Argyle on March 12 and 17.

When Isabella was in the second grade, they published The Adventures of Princess Isabella the Leprechaun. With each project, grammy Linda wrote the stories while Isabella drew pictures so everything magically came to life. “These books are a product of our relationship,” said Linda, who found herself writing down notes during her and Isabella’s many nights of reading bedtime stories and solving playful mysteries. “It started as bedtime stories, but Isabella has always loved to draw. We’ve spent the last two years putting this new one together; she would draw, and I’d write.”

The goal is to convince parents to see value in having those same meaningful interactions by reading books and crafting bedtime stories with their own children. In doing so, they build a bond that lasts a lifetime while reading material that teaches life lessons, values, and explores teachable moments. “It’s been nice to see Isabella doing something like this with her grandma,” said Lisa Walker, Isabella’s mother. “Too many kids these days are playing video games. It’s nice to see them pick up a book.”

The Adventures of Princess Isabella the Leprechaun was a picture storybook. Missing Pots Mystery is a continuation of that story but is more of a chapter book for more mature readers. Princess Isabella, a recurring character, is joined in the second book by cousins, Ava and Ella, and her Grammie Linda to help Patrick Dennis Michael O’Shaun figure out how and why pots used for gold at rainbow’s end are missing.

Readers are promised to be swept away to a land far way as they team up to solve the mystery.“The key is to follow the direction of the child,” Linda said. “If she decides she wants to take it to the next level, then that’s fine. My hope is others can use this as a tool to build relationships between themselves and their children.”

photos courtesy of Lisa Walker

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