Joey Ellis reads to the kids at Agassiz's Variety Play Preschool. Ellis worked on her first children's book for two years

Local Lion writes about rabbit

Ellis spent two years writing and illustrating children's book

Joey Ellis spent two years illustrating and writing her first children’s book. And on Tuesday this week, a handful of local children gathered around and listened as she read it out loud to them.

The kids at Variety Play Preschool giggled and asked questions, and listened to the story of Sir Ratford the Rabbit — a story that opens dialogue about war and images children see in the media today. The story also underlines the need to try to find peace, both in the world and with your friends and family.

Ellis, a member of the Agassiz Lions group, said the inspiration for the book came from a stuffed rabbit given to her by a friend. The rabbit, Sir Ratford, came along to help with the reading. All of the characters in the book are named after people she knows in the community.

Ellis will be selling copies of her book at the upcoming Christmas Craft Sale at the Agassiz Agricultural Hall on Nov. 30.

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