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Author Delights in Asking Children to ‘Hear What’s Here’

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Mike Agrelius and Val Chadwick Bagley talkedbrabout doing a children’s picture book for more than 30 years.

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“It’s just that life got in the way,” saysbrAgrelius, a former travel executive and occasional game designer.

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“For me, it became a bucket list thing,” saysbrAgrelius. “Then, last year, I put it on a vision board. And now it’s here.”

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Agrelius, 65, with one minor crowdfundingbrexperience under his belt, launched a Kickstarter campaign, raised the money,brand the 48-page, hardbound, full color picture book, HEAR What’s HERE, thatbrexplores some of the whacky words in the English language that sound the same,brare spelled differently and have different meanings (homophones) is now on salebrat bookstores throughout Utah including BYU Bookstore, the Museum of Art giftbrstore.

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A sample of the book is:

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“Can you find a PAIR of PEARS?

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Do you SEE the SEA?

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Would you like to STARE at STAIRS?

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Or maybe BE a BEE?”

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The book includes definitions for the highlightedbrwords on each page.

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Agrelius says he has heard from parents,brgrandparents and kids who love the book. Teachers have told him they plan onbrusing the book to introduce homonyms and homophones to students. He has alsobrheard that it works well for people with English as a second language. He says,br“It’s the kind of book I always wanted to read to my kids when they were young,brso at least now I can read it to my grandkids.”

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For more information on the book, emailbrinformationHVP@gmail.com. (Serve Daily submission.)

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