Samuel Huntington Elementary School in Connecticut was my second stop on my recent reading tour south of the Vermont border. I was waiting in the school’s front office when two first graders appeared and asked me if I was the author. I responded in the affirmative, thinking “Wow, I am the author!” My lifelong dream completed itself in that moment. I followed them to their classroom and was greeted by interested and polite listeners. The response at John B. Stanton Elementary was no different. When I was asked to read Big Ole Striped Silas again, my heart soared. I discovered the whipped cream on my sundae and the true reward of writing and producing this book series. I cannot wait to read to the next rapt audience.