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Tonderum publishes children’s book

By Staff | Sep 25, 2008

Angela Tonderum, formerly Angela Silvers, 1992 Estherville High School graduate, recently published a children’s book with Publish America press.

Tonderum’s book, Kaycee Kangaroo Lost in Alphabet Forest, was inspired by her middle child, Kaycee. The book depicts the childish mischief that her daughter gets into. Similarly, Kaycee Kangaroo gets lost in Alphabet Forest after playing a chasing game with Randy Rabbit. The letters of the alphabet help her find her way home.

The book is the first in a series designed to help children with their reading, counting and other skills.

“I’ve always loved to write,” Tonderum said from her home in Box Elder, S.D., Wednesday. While her daughter, Kaycee, was what inspired her most to write her first book, it was her sixth-grade teacher, Sandra Sykes, who instilled within her a love of learning.

“She was just very supportive on everything,” Tonderum said of Sykes. “She was just always there.”

Tonderum’s foray into publishing began a year and a half ago when she took a class from the Institute of Children’s Literature, a course that she’s still taking.

The book itself took her just 10 minutes to write. She teamed up with Rapid City, S.D., illustrator Christine Carlson and together they submitted the text and illustrations. Within two days, Publish American accepted the book.

From there, the process involved signing a contract, completing an author questionnaire, providing a list of family and friends and possible media contacts and later approving the text and cover design.

The book is available at the Barnes & Noble Web site, Borders, and private bookstores as well as at publishamerica.com.

Tonderum has a lot of praise for Publish America and how easy it was to work with the company.

“They understand. Their author support is phenomenal.”

Carlson is currently illustrating Tonderum’s second book, Kaycee Kangaroo Visits 123 Farm. Tonderum’s third book in the series will deal with shades and colors.

Tonderum admits that it helped a lot to have children when writing children’s books. “Oh absolutely. Kids are just phenomenal.”

Tonderum plans to return to Iowa to market her book in the near future.