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Local author publishes second children’s book

Karen Sturtevant recently published her second book, ‘The Rainy Day Adventures of Gert & Stu and Zippy Too.’
Karen Sturtevant recently published her second book, ‘The Rainy Day Adventures of Gert & Stu and Zippy Too.’

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff
Gert, Stu and their tortoise friend Zippy are back for more adventures in local writer Karen Sturtevant’s second children’s book.
In December, Sturtevant published “The Rainy Day Adventures of Gert & Stu and Zippy Too,” a follow-up to last year’s tale about the trio.
The story follows the three friends as they use their imaginations and a cardboard box to go on adventures.
“No high tech involved here, only rhymes and creativity,” Sturtevant wrote in an email to the Observer. “Each chooses where they want to go and use a rhyme to get them there. For Zippy, it’s a super playground with all his friends, for Stu it’s a busy construction site and Gert gets a surprise when Zippy changes course to bring her to a fun place.”
Sturtevant teamed up with Underhill artist Susan Bahr, who created watercolors to illustrate the book.
“I love writing, especially children’s stories,” Sturtevant said. “The Gert and Stu stories are ones children can identify with, the rhymes are easy to remember and the characters are so visually appealing. Susan Bahr is an incredibly skilled illustrated and with her help we made these friends come to life to share their adventures with little readers.”
Sturtevant said fans of the series can look forward to a third book.
“These adorable characters are ready to explore and have unlimited energy and imagination,” she wrote.
She also has another project in the works—a series of alphabet, counting and color books featuring illustrations of English bulldogs from Williston-based Vermont English Bulldog Rescue. All proceeds from the books will benefit the organization.
The book is available for $9.95 at Buttered Noodles in Williston and online at www.gertstuzippy.com.