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Local author's new book teaches kids 'friendship has no barriers'

Local author Michele Klecker-Sailor signs copies of her first book “The Patient Leaf” after it’s publication in 2009, at the River Falls Public Library. Klecker-Sailor will participate in “Local Author Day,” hosted by Fox Den Used Books, on Aug. 17, signing copies of her new book, “Max.”

River Falls native Michele Klecker-Sailor enjoys reading books to the children she works with as an early childhood educator in River Falls. She will soon bring a new book to the mix: her second published children's story, "Max."

Klecker-Sailor has been writing for as long as she can remember, from diaries to short stories.

“I’ve always kind of known what I wanted to do,” Klecker-Sailor said.

Klecker-Sailor recently finished “Max,” the story of a bunny named Max who makes friends with a dog named “Junkyard Dog,” despite Max’s mother’s warning that “bunnies and dogs can’t be friends.”

Klecker-Sailor said the book’s message is about living life label-free, something that is very important to her and something she hopes to teach children about at an early age.

“Friendship has no barriers,” Klecker-Sailor said. “Just listen to your own heart and not what everyone else says.”

To illustrate "Max," Klecker-Sailor worked with artist Lori DeMatteis, of St. Michael, Minn.

Klecker-Sailor works as a substitute teacher in the Ellsworth and Prescott School Districts and at St. Bridget’s Parish School. She also works for Jacob’s Ladder preschool.

She will be one of several local authors participating in Local Author Day, signing books at Fox Den Used Books on Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For the full story, please see the Aug. 1 print edition of the River Falls Journal. 

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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