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This morning I’ve been thinking back to what turned me on to writing stories as a child. One of my earliest memories was Mother walking to the local grocery store several blocks from our home in Kansas City, Missouri, and she’d sometimes return with an Uncle Wiggily storybook for Cathy and me. This was during the ’40s and money was tight, so it was a special treat when we received these paperback books. My little sister and I read them over and over!

Uncle Wiggily was an “elderly gentleman rabbit” who usually had to deal with a “bad chap” trying to outwit him or harm him in some way—unsavory characters like Woozy Wolf, Bushy Bear, or Skillery Skallery Alligator. Of course, he also had many amicable friends who helped him out of his predicaments—Sammie and Susie Littletail, his nephew and niece; Lulu, Alice and Jimmie Wibblewobble, the duck children; Uncle Butter, a goat; or Dr. Possum, the local physician; to name a few.

Uncle Wiggily’s dramatic episodes inspired me to write similar stories, and my teachers often let me read my stories to my classmates at school. Their laughter and clapping cheered me on.

Today I went online to read more about the creator of these tales. American author Howard R. Garis worked for the Newark News beginning in 1910, and he wrote a new story every day, except Sundays, for more than 30 years! He published 79 books within his lifetime, and his stories are still available. What a great legacy!

Do any of you remember reading Uncle Wiggily stories too?

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