Perry County math teacher Laurie Zaring has released her first book and it is not about math. Rather, Zaring takes us on an animal journey with imagination at the forefront. It was definitely an odd step for the middle school number expert to take and it began with a simple dream one night about a year ago.
"I had a dream about writing this children's book and I thought, 'No. Not me. I can't do anything like that,' Zaring recalled on abc27's Good Day PA. "And I just had this overwhelming urge to pursue the opportunity. And I decided to go for it. I took a big leap of faith."
"Who Could You Be at the Zoo?" is geared mainly to children ages three to eight and takes them on colorful, vivid encounters with the animal world, actually encouraging them to step inside the figurative shoes of zoo creatures.
"They love the animals and it's so much fun to use your imagination and put yourself in an animal's perspective."
The bright illustrations inside the book have a very personal connection for Zaring.
"It's really special to me. My best friend, Jessica Barlup illustrated the book," said Zaring. "My daughter was the model for the girl in the book. And Henry, her son, was the model for the boy."
The book is available online through Amazon and Barnes & Noble and in person at the Perry Council of the Arts in Newport.