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Posted on: March 17, 2010

I  love it when authors pull from their lives to write their books. It makes me want to read more of their books because I feel a connection with them.

 When I was doing the interview with Dori Butler we exchanged several emails back and forth. I was really intrigued about one of her books (Alexandra Hopewell, Labor Coach, Albert Whitman (Morton Grove, IL), 2005)  and the reason behind her writing it. 

I just love Dori and her pet.

Here’s one portion of an email from Dori that I thought my readers might like to read. 

Peg, ****( I have removed a portion of this email as it was not related to what I’m talking about here)

“You wanted to know where the idea for Alexandra Hopewell, Labor Coach came from. I did list midwife as one of those careers I’d have if I wasn’t a writer. But it’s more than that. When I was pregnant with my second child, my older child wanted to be there when the baby was born. He REALLY wanted to be there. And to make a long story short, he was there for the actual birth…in fact, he cut his brother’s umbilical cord. I always knew I’d put that in a story someday. I also helped out a friend’s home birth years ago. My job was to sit with the older child, answer questions, take the child out of the room if it got to be too much for her. Obviously the decision to have siblings present at birth is not a decision to be made lightly…and it’s not something that’s right for every child and family. But there should be a book or two out there for families that are considering it. That’s where Alexandra Hopewell, Labor Coach came from.”


With all the interviews I’ve conducted thus far, (five interviews with authors Dy Nees, Nina Johnson, Linda Skeers, Rebecca Janni and Dori Butler) one of the attractions to interview these authors lies in their abilities to reach inward and pull from their life experiences to write books that are “real”.

More books by Dori Butler to check out .

The Great Tooth Fairy Rip-Off, illustrated by Jack Lindstrom, Fairview Press (Minneapolis, MN), 1997.

M Is for Minnesota, illustrated by Janice Lee Porter, University of Minnesota Press (Minneapolis, MN), 1998.

W Is for Wisconsin, illustrated by Eileen Potts Dawson, Trails Media Group (Madison, WI), 1998.

ABC’s of Wisconsin, illustrated by Alison Relyea, Trails Media Group (Madison, WI), 2000.

H Is for Hoosier, illustrated by Eileen Potts Dawson, Trails Media Group (Black Earth, WI), 2001.

Sliding into Home, Peachtree (Atlanta, GA), 2003.

Trading Places with Tank Talbott, Albert Whitman (Morton Grove, IL), 2003.

Whodunnit: How the Police Solve Crimes, Perfection Learning, 2004.

My Mom’s Having a Baby!, illustrated by Carol Thompson, Albert Whitman (Morton Grove, IL), 2005.

Do You Know the Monkey Man?, Peachtree (Atlanta, GA), 2005.

Alexandra Hopewell, Labor Coach, Albert Whitman (Morton Grove, IL), 2005.

Tank Talbott’s Guide to Girls, Albert Whitman (Morton Grove, IL), 2006.

Zoe’s Potty, Running Press (Philadelphia, PA), 2006.

Zack’s Potty, Running Press (Philadelphia, PA), 2006.

Contributor of short fiction to periodicals, including Child Life, Children’s Digest, Cricket, Spider, Highlights for Children, Guidepost for Teens, and various parenting and Sunday-school publications. Ghostwriter for “Sweet Valley Twins” and “Boxcar Children” novel series; author of scripts for classroom plays published by Benchmark Education; author of reading curricula.

1 Response to "MORE ON DORI BUTLER."

Recently my 9 year-old golden retriever began having problems standing on wood floors, his back paws would slide sideways and he would have trouble holding himself up or otherwise walking. This was especially true when he first woke up in the morning, his back legs seemed stiff and he also had trouble going down stairs. He did not have as much trouble on carpets or outside, but it was clear he was having some joint issues.

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