On her book signing day at Liberty, Heather Patterson’s role of teacher and author united when she taught Lower School students about the political process seen from the perspective of America’s first dog displayed in her new book, “Passing the Bone: America’s Next POTUS.”
POTUS, usually standing for President Of The United States, is an acronym in Miss Patterson’s book for “Pup Of The United States.”
Lower School Principal Claire Batey opened the morning’s special assembly on Jan. 20, and as she introduced Liberty’s kindergarten teacher and author to all of the Lower School student body, she said, “We all have a purpose and calling from God, and when we listen to Him, stay in tune with Him, and act on that calling, we honor God with the gifts and talents He has given us.”
Miss Patterson shared with students how her interest in writing grew over the years, beginning with her mother signing up her and her twin sister at the library to be pen pals with twins in England.
She also knew she loved history, politics, and children, and all of these interests came together in this book. Yet it always wasn’t easy, as the manuscript was turned down by several publishers, but she encouraged students to never give up, as her book caught the attention of Mascot Books.
She described to students the process of writing a book, from prewriting to the rough draft, to editing and revising over and over again.
She reminded students of Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not men.”
She also displayed from her book historical and present-day connections in this election year.
Bo, the name of the pup in the story, is the real name of President Obama’s dog, but the inspiration for Bo’s behavior in the book came from Miss Patterson’s twin sister’s dog, Beau.
Miss Patterson hopes this book will draw children into the election process by engaging them at their level and appealing to their interests.
“Any presidential election is exciting and historic,” she said. “The media is filled with campaign trails and election coverage, and the country is consumed with the changing of office.
“I wanted to write a book for this election season specifically for children that adults would also enjoy.”
After the special assembly concluded, Miss Patterson autographed books at the signing in Liberty’s Commons Hall.
Order forms for the book may be obtained from the Lower School Reception Desk. Books may be also purchased at www.mascotbooks.com.