Guest Blogger: Codi Vallery-Mills Shares Husker the Mule

Reading and writing have been a huge part of my life from a very young age. I love to read. Always have, always will. I also like to write and so several years ago I began the process of writing a children’s book. It was released this past November and I would like to share a few snippets of the book with you.

Backgrounder: I am the daughter of a rancher. I grew up with horses, cows, corn and stockdams perfect for summer fishing and swimming. We also had mules on our ranch and I have always loved the big eared, incredibly smart creatures.
Shortly after I was married my husband brought home a mule from Nebraska to use on the family ranch. He was big and red so we named him Husker after Nebraska’s Cornhusker football team. It was one day while out riding amongst our cattle and watching my husband on Husker, and the rest of us on our saddle horses, that I got the idea for a children’s book based on difference – accepting differences and giving those with differences a chance. You see, Husker looks different from our ranch horses. He has bigger ears, a furrier coat and even sounds different. Yet, he can do exactly what the ranch’s saddle horses can do.
So I began to develop the story line and then I enlisted a very talented western artist Teri McTighe to illustrate the book. Soon Husker the Mule: A Birthday Present was born.

The book follows a little boy, Carter, as he chooses his 8th birthday present with his Grandpa.

He meets three horses and a mule. Each has great things about them, but which will he decide is right for his birthday present?

In the end Carter picks Husker, but you have to read the book to find out why!

Talking to our kids about differences can be a little bit of a struggle some days. It is in human nature to judge and to develop stereotypes, but it is also our jobs as parents to lessen those instances. I encourage you today to take a moment to talk to your kids about someone in their lives that may be a little “different” from them. It might be found in someone’s language, skin color, physical abilities or family makeup. Whatever it is, reinforce the idea that that doesn’t make them unable to do some of the same things your child does. (Or feel the same things).

Remember one of the Golden Rules is to “treat thy neighbor as you would like to be treated.” That means giving everyone a chance.

A special thanks to Codi Vallery-Mills for guest blogging and sharing her talent with us. My four year old son loves this story and it is a great addition to your home library. You can order a copy of Codi’s book on Amazon – click here to get your copy!

We filled a momma day with Husker art projects, including a snack that is definitely outside the norm. Projects we know you will be trying once your book arrives in the mail. Plus you get a second post – so come check out #makingitupastheygrow tomorrow for fun projects that will help reinforce the positive lesson in Husker the Mule: A Birthday Present.




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