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Local woman writes children’s book

Carla Thomspon of Salisbury has published her first book for children, “Let’s Take Some Time to Learn through Rhyme.”
She describes it as “an exciting, colorful, and contagious read aloud rhyming book that will teach children about igloos, how to be good citizens at home and at school, as well as helping them to recall events in a story.”
Thompson was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and raised in Kannapolis. She is a student of early childhood education at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and has worked in childcare for more than eight years.
She dedicates the book to people who have helped her on her journey to become an early childhood educator, thanking them for employment and encouragement.
The book is illustrated by Monzell Dunlap. It is a simple tale children can easily read themselves.
Durham historian David Cecelski, talks about “The Fire of Freedom: Abraham Galloway and the Slaves’ Civil War,” on North Carolina Bookwatch today at noon and Thursday at 5 p.m.
In “The Fire of Freedom,” Cecelski follows the life of an ex-slave from Wilmington who became a leader of blacks in North Carolina during the Civil War and later in state government. He packed into his short life a story of an escape from slavery, intrigue and dedication, leadership and audacity, and political achievement that rivals the modern tales of fictional heroes like James Bond.
The program will also air Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on UNC-MX, a digital cable system channel. Airing at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday on UNC-MX will be a classic Bookwatch featuring Michael Parker, author of “If You Want Me to Stay.”
Greensboro author Parker’s new book, “All I Have in the World,” comes out early next year. His 2005 book, “If You Want Me to Stay,” is a gripping and poignant story about two little boys running away from home and from a father, a good father, except when his mental illness steps in.
D.G. Martin hosts “North Carolina Bookwatch,” which airs Sundays at noon and Thursdays at 5 p.m. on UNC-TV. For more information visit the webpage at www.unctv.org/ncbookwatch

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