For Immediate Release
RENTON, WA December 5, 2017
Author publishes children’s book inspired by local El Dorado County Horsewoman
A recent children’s picture book release, by author and former El Dorado Hills resident Rae Rankin, celebrates the bond between children and horses.
Cowgirl Lessons, a children’s picture book, celebrating the bond between children and horses was released in October. The story, inspired by a real girl, horse, and El Dorado County Horsewoman, Valerie Baker of White Horse Dressage, follows a girl as she prepares for her weekly horse riding lesson, from searching her room for a lost boot, to arriving at the barn to see the horse she loves, to receiving great advice from her instructor, to ending the day ready to ride again.
Mrs. Rankin’s daughter began taking lessons from Ms. Baker in 2011 when she was 6 years old on one of Ms. Baker’s school horses Duchess. “Duchess was the best horse for little girls,” Ms. Rankin said. “My daughter loved her very much, she was very gentle.” After the Rankins moved first to Utah and then to Washington state, Rankin said, “Ms. Baker has continued to be a positive role model for my daughter (now 12) who still rides at a barn outside of Seattle. When Mrs. Rankin learned from Ms. Baker that Duchess had passed away, she knew she had to do something to honor both Ms. Baker and the memory of Duchess.
Cowgirl Lessons is told in charming, easy to read rhyme. “There is a special bond that develops between kids and horses,” Rankin said, “I wrote this story to share that bond.”
Rankin also hopes families will recognize the love between parents and children in the book.
Written by Rae Rankin
Illustrated by J-San
Age Range: 2-10
Paperback: 36 pages
Publication Date: October 15, 2017
Published by: Rankin Publishing
About the Author
Rae is an independent marketing and graphic design consultant transplanted from sunny central California to the wilds of Utah. After two landlocked years (no the Great Salt Lake is not a substitute), her family was transferred to the Pacific Northwest where she can happily see trees out of her office window and where the beach she loves is just a few hours away.
Rae has always had a passion for writing and reading. Cowgirl Lessons is her first children’s book. Her second book is in the illustration process.
Learn more about Rae Rankin at www.raerankin.com