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December 17, 2020

Local author publishes second children’s book

Second in a series, the book deals with challenges and opportunities for growth, author Tyler Ross says.
Warrenton real estate broker Tyler Ross has published a second children’s picture book titled Donkey and the Farm Team — The Obstacle Course a follow-up to his original in the series, Donkey and the Farm Team.

The book takes readers on a journey through lessons of perseverance and personal growth as the group of farm animals takes on an obstacle course race.

"The theme of this book is very similar to the first, only the setting is more on the nose,” Mr. Ross said. “It’s literally characters overcoming obstacles. I want kids to understand that when they approach an obstacle or new experience, that they shouldn’t be discouraged if they fail at first, that they should try again. That cultivates perseverance and resilience.”

He drew inspiration from his own obstacle course racing, having participated in Savage Races, Tough Mudders and Spartan races.

“One hundred percent of participants are challenged,” Mr. Ross said. “The races are opportunities to discover and cultivate parts of your character, things only revealed through mental and physical challenge. Plus, they’re great fun.”

The protagonist, as with his first book, is a timid Donkey, who struggles to keep up with his friends, but with encouragement from Toad and others, he begins to find confidence in doing his own best and not comparing himself to others.

“Falling down is part of life,” Mr. Ross said. “Being teased, failures, being picked last — 100 percent of us experience those things. I hope the book helps kids learn to leverage those experiences into opportunities for growth, just like Donkey.”

He collaborated with Williamsburg artist Elizabeth Prillaman, who illustrated both books.

“I love the illustrations so much,” Mr. Ross said. “I’d always smile and even laugh out loud when she’d send me her ideas. Elizabeth and I have been a perfect match for this project and the experience has been filled with joy, bested only by posts, texts and calls from friends who tell me when their kids love the story.”

Priced at $8.99, the self-published book is available on Amazon.


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