“All musicians have had one: a bad day of practice, where nothing goes right and you just can’t get the notes out. Have you ever wondered why? Simple–the note was stuck!”
“We really enjoyed Ajax Bound for Glory–such a great story for children. Thank you for reading it at your event. Jacob enjoyed it!”
The D. Family
“Dear Ajax! You are a star bound for a huge following!”
Heart-felt thanks to all who came out for the book party on Saturday! We were delighted to have your company as we celebrated our publication. There is yet much in store for Ajax, and we will, as he likes to say, “Hop to it!”
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Fifteen years ago seems like just yesterday, when the horrific news of September 11th invaded our home on that quiet Tuesday morning. Young enough that we had not been aware of “terrorism”, and yet old enough to own the sense of violation, it was as if we ourselves had been attacked. Those images will forever be seared in our minds.
In the years following 9/11, as many of our peers were being deployed and sacrificing life and limb—on our behalf—our young patriotic spirits burned with the question, “What can we do?”
Fifteen years later, we are about to answer that question. Now two months out from publication, never would we have imagined that a children’s book would be our humble tribute to this generation of Americans answering the call of duty. In a sense, it wasn’t our own idea; another Author placed it on our hearts.
We write for the children of our peers who have paid the price for freedom. Some of those children will never know the parent who made the ultimate sacrifice. For others families, years of adjustment are ahead as they heal from the wounds of war.
But we also write for the many children who are not faced with the sober realities of military life. We want to inspire patriotism in them, to impress upon these children that there is indeed a cost attached to freedom, and show how we can honor those who have paid it.
Sarah E. Dautel
on behalf of Team Ajax
Photo credit: National Park Service
The writer re-dipped her pen and sketched three roly-poly rabbits snuggled together. She added the fourth rabbit, sitting impishly off by himself.
“…Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and Peter.”
The Early Years
Born July 28, 1866 into a wealthy London family, Helen Beatrix Potter enjoyed all the niceties of Victorian England’s upper-class. The family’s long summer holidays in Scotland, Wales, and northern England fed the young girl’s colorful imagination. Her early love affair with the Lake District, in particular, had a profound influence on her art style and story settings, which would someday center around her own beloved Hill Top Farm.
‘What’s the matter?’ asked the little white rabbit.
‘Oh, I’m just thinking,’ replied the little black rabbit.
It was only recently that I was introduced to Garth Williams’ own written-and-illustrated children’s book, The Rabbits’ Wedding. It was love at first sight. Most modern readers, myself included, wouldn’t blink an eye at a black rabbit and a white rabbit tying the knot, but the story actually created quite a stir when it was published in 1958.
Hannah memorized “Strictly Germ-Proof” years ago as a little girl, just old enough to pronounce the words. A satirical poem by American writer Arthur Guiterman, it first appeared in The Woman’s Home Companion in 1906. As Guiterman explained, the verses poked fun at the era’s fervor for sanitation, when people “boiled everything but the baby”.
Though Ajax is no germophobe, we still get a rabbit’s kick out of this poem every time.
The Antiseptic Baby and the Prophylactic Pup
Were playing in the garden when the Bunny gamboled up;
They looked upon the Creature with a loathing undisguised; —
It wasn’t Disinfected and it wasn’t Sterilized.
They said it was a Microbe and a Hotbed of Disease;
They steamed it in a vapor of a thousand-odd degrees;
They froze it in a freezer that was cold as Banished Hope
And washed it in permanganate with carbolated soap.
In sulphurated hydrogen they steeped its wiggly ears;
They trimmed its frisky whiskers with a pair of hard-boiled shears;
They donned their rubber mittens and they took it by the hand
And ‘lected it a member of the Fumigated Band.
There’s not a Micrococcus in the garden where they play;
They bathe in pure iodoform a dozen times a day;
And each imbibes his rations from a Hygienic Cup —
The Bunny and the Baby and the Prophylactic Pup.
~Arthur Guiterman (1871-1943)
For pleasure reading, I’m currently hopping my way through that classic rabbits’ tale, Watership Down. Though many critics suggest religious symbolism or draw parallels to Greek mythology, the book is really a children’s story written in novel style. As the author, Richard Adams, explains,