Waterville native publishes first children's picture book
Waterville native Mary (Evanson) Bleckwehl, now living in Northfield, MN, has recently published her first children's picture book. Entitled "Henry! you’re late AGAIN!", the book's main subject is Henry, a six-year-old who can never get to school on time and faces the biggest nightmare of all every morning - the school secretary.
Bleckwehl’s book will be introduced at a publication party Sunday, December 5 from 2-4 p.m. at the upper dance studio at the Northfield Arts Guild, 304 Division St. in Northfield, MN. For every book sold at the launch event, one dollar will be donated to scholarships for the Autism Plus Art Club sponsored by the Northfield Arts Guild.
The book will be available locally at Sycamore Floral and Waukon Greenhouse in Waukon.
Bleckwehl describes her book as an entertaining dilemma that every reader, young and old, will enjoy over and over. It moves from a stressful Monday morning complete with bold and quirky illustrations by Duluth, MN artist, Brian Barber, to a heartwarming ending - with a bit of a surprise in between.
The daughter of Helen and the late Melbourne Evanson of Waukon, Bleckwehl was a 1973 graduate of Waukon High School and has taught elementary school in Iowa and, most recently, in Northfield, MN, where she has lived since 1989. She has also held administrative positions at St. Olaf College, Wartburg College, Daniel Webster College in New Hampshire, and Central New England College in Massachusetts. Bleckwehl has a Masters Degree in Educational Management from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA and a B.A. in Elementary Education from Wartburg College. She and her husband have three children.