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Wearing a snorkel mask and jumping into a pond, local children's book writer Rick Chrustowski gets face-to-face with the animals that dot the pages of his children's books.


The author and illustrator of five books, including: "Big Brown Bat," "Turtle Crossing," "Blue Sky Bluebird," "Hop Frog" and "Bright Beetle" visited Westside Elementary Feb. 27-28.

During his visit, Chrustowski said his books start with one little idea. He then does research and writes a story.

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Jillian Dexheimer
Jillian Dexheimer has been a copy editor and reporter for the River Falls Journal since 2011. She previously worked for the River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau. Dexheimer holds a sociology degree from UW-River Falls.
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