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The Sam Houston Statue Visitors Center and Gift Shop will be hosting Texas Author Nancy Rodd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, March 12th, for a signing and reading of her children’s book, General Sam Houston and Mahboobali the Cat.
Rodd is a true-blue Texan, born in Palestine, and has lived all over the state of Texas. She is a retired elementary teacher, having taught 36 years in the Texas public school system. She enjoys writing children’s books and got the idea for the book being featured because her cat, Mahboobali, aka Boo, was one of a litter born under the porch of the Sam Houston Statue Visitor Center.The book is fact-based fiction for children. It is a fun book for children when they are studying Texas history in elementary school because it brings to life the Texas state bird, the state mammal, state reptile, and some other animals that inhabit the forests and ranches around Texas not too far from the Visitor Center.It also is fun because Boo meets the statue of Sam Houston, who comes to life, telling Boo and her animal friends all about himself and why he is considered a Texas hero. Children learn some Texas history while reading a fictional book. Avery, Nancy’s 9-year-old granddaughter, illustrated many of the pictures in the book.For more information, call Tourism & Cultural Services Director Kimm Thomas at 936-291-5932.