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Urbanna-area woman publishes children’s book

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“The Tale of Jacob’s Journey,” by Dr. Ellen Larkin Woodrull

The idea for a new book, “The Tale of Jacob’s Journey,” featuring a Christmas mouse, was hatched at author Dr. Ellen Larkin Woodrull’s river home near Urbanna.

In 2000, Dr. Woodrull and her husband Bruce were on their way to Deltaville when they noticed the turn off to Urbanna. They took the three-mile drive from Cooks Corner to town and fell in love with the community.

Several years later they built a home near Urbanna Harbor. One day there was a cross-country race for charity being held on their street. “My husband was out on the front porch drinking coffee watching the race when he heard me scream,” said Dr. Woodrull. “There was a mouse in the kitchen silverware drawer. Bruce opened the draw and saw the mouse and he screamed too.”

Later, while attending Mass at the Church of the Visitation in Topping, Dr. Woodrull noticed some discarded Cheerios under the pew in front of her and decided to take them home for the mouse.

These two episodes involving the mouse were the genesis for the book.

The children’s book is illustrated by Dot Samuel from Powhatan who has illustrated five books. Samuel is a radiologic technologist and has been working in this field for three decades. She plans to use the proceeds from the illustrations to fund mission trips that she and her husband David can go on in an effort to “pay-it-forward.”

The book sells for $9.99 and the author and illustrator will be selling the book on Oyster Festival Friday and Saturday next to Cyndy’s Bynn and near the Urbanna Oyster Festival Foundation Information RV.

posted 10.24.2012

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