WTEN's John Gray returns to Battenkill Books to talk about his newest book for children of all ages, Keller's Heart.
This love story is not the kind with castles, dragons, and a princess trapped in a tower. But it has a special girl and a fluffy knight who rescue each other. The girl is Raven. She’s deaf. Children at school are hesitant to play with her, as if she’ll break. The fluffy knight is a dog, whose first owner, when he realized the puppy couldn’t hear or see, left him by the side of the road.
From the moment these two meet, they understand each other. Raven asks her parents if she can adopt the dog from the local animal shelter. “She’d just read a book about an amazing woman who was deaf and blind named Helen Keller, so she called him Keller.”
Raven teaches Keller sign language. Keller becomes Raven’s best friend. Together, they show those around them that it is OK to be different and that everyone needs a friend.
John Gray is an Emmy-award winning television journalist and columnist in upstate New York, as well as a husband, father, and author. John is the author of the bestseller, God Needed a Puppy. He and his wife Courtney live in the Albany area with three beloved four-footed companions: German shepherds Sebastian and Winston, and of course, Keller.
Illustrator Shanna Brickell infuses her artwork with light and energy, to connect with the hearts and minds of those who view it. She illustrated the bestseller, God Needed a Puppy.