Local authors to hold book signing Friday

Book about miniature donkey teaches bravery to children

By LAURA PATTERSON
Assistant managing editor
Posted 2/26/21

A children’s book on bravery can now be added to the list of positive results from this past year’s coronavirus pandemic.

When COVID-19 hit in March 2020, Dr. Lori Langdon, a …

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Local authors to hold book signing Friday

Book about miniature donkey teaches bravery to children

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A children’s book on bravery can now be added to the list of positive results from this past year’s coronavirus pandemic.

When COVID-19 hit in March 2020, Dr. Lori Langdon, a pediatrician who lives on a farm between Coats and Angier, took advantage of the extra time by writing “Trudy the Brave Donkey.” The chapter book was a collaborative effort with her daughter, Sarah, 17, who is the main caregiver for a miniature donkey on the farm.

Trudy, short for Gertruda, was named by Sarah after the main character in the book “Gertruda’s Oath,” the story of a Catholic nanny who promises to save a 3-year-old Jewish boy during World War II.

The Langdons have had the jenny for a little over a year and Trudy is described as a “curious, feisty little donkey.”

Although many think of donkeys as being stubborn, the animals are also fearless in certain situations.

“What some people do not realize about donkeys is that donkeys are kept with herds of cows intentionally because they help protect them from predators like coyotes,” Dr. Langdon said.

In the Langdons’ book, Trudy finds out about being brave.

“Trudy’s mom has told her she’s brave,” said Dr. Langdon. “Her daddy has told her that she has to move on and grow up, and leave their home to come to the farm to help protect a herd of cows. She thinks that’s very silly because she’s a miniature donkey, she’s very small, but she will find out in the book if she really is brave like her parents think she is.”

Dr. Langdon hopes this will be the first in a series of books on positive character traits with Trudy being the main character. She said the second book is in the works and will be on kindness. It will introduce Trudy’s little sister, Lily.

“Trudy the Brave Donkey” is written on a third-grade level, but Dr. Langdon said she has had many parents tell her it is a good read-aloud book for younger children.

Published by Christian Faith Publishing, “Trudy the Brave Donkey” is available on Amazon in hard cover, paperback and on Kindle.

Dr. Lori and Sarah Langdon will hold a book signing Friday, Feb. 26 at 10:30 a.m. at Broad Street Deli & Market, 129 E. Broad St., in downtown Dunn.

Dr. Langdon, the mother of six children, is excited about the collaborative effort of writing the book with her daughter, Sarah, and also in sharing with other children what it’s like to live on a farm.

In addition to being entertaining, she said, the book contains a lot of educational content, too. She said it has some factual information about donkeys, which would be good for kids to know. “Because a lot them don’t grow up on farms these days.”

Laura Patterson can be reached at lpatterson@mydailyrecord.com or at 910-230-2029.

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