Wednesday, August 18, 2010

‘Little Clyde’ has big ideas

Idaho First Lady Lori Otter pens Sun Valley children’s book

Express Staff Writer

“Little Clyde Horsing Around Sun Valley” by Lori Otter and Karen Day. Homegrown Publishing, $19.95.

When Idaho First Lady Lori Otter and writer Karen Day joined forces, the book "Little Clyde Horsing Around Sun Valley" was born. A big idea about a little bucking Belgian horse turned into a colorfully illustrated children's book about Sun Valley.

"It's fun to have a mascot in Sun Valley," said Otter. "It's not just about the book, Sun Valley is a special and safe place. The book will allow for kids and families to take away something from Sun Valley with a message."

Otter said she is indebted to Sun Valley because she once worked at the Sun Valley Lodge, which helped pay for her college education. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of "Little Clyde" will go toward the Otter Education Series Endowment, which was created by the first lady in conjunction with Boise State University to spotlight Idaho. The Otter Education Series Endowment has published books including "Ida Tours The Capital." The books offer a glimpse of Idaho, and why it's called the "Gem State."

In "Little Clyde," the character Little Clyde finds a tourist's suitcase filled with clothes and gear, which he uses to take a journey to see life in Sun Valley throughout the year.

"It's a positive book for the community and there is a moral to the story," Otter said. "There are lots of story lines and different characters in the book that might take on a bigger life."

Otter will be present for a reading and book signing during a launch party for "Little Clyde" that's set to take place at Dollar Mountain Lodge on Saturday, Aug. 21, from 1-3 p.m. Joining Otter will be the book's illustrator, Chris Latter. Otter will also give away 200 copies of "Ida Tours the Capitol," the first in the BSU educational series, which is referenced at the back of the "Little Clyde" book.

Copies of "Little Clyde" and stuffed toys will be available for purchase at the launch event.

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