I hope you had a Blessed Christmas and that 2016 will be a Happy and Healthy year for you
I am attaching a description and a cover picture for my second children’s book that just came out. I don’t remember if I sent you this information. If I did, please forgive me. If I didn’t, feel free to cut most of the verbiage. As with my other books, it’s available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Stay well and happy. Keep up your great work.
A&S Manhattan 1957
P.S. I don’t remember if I sent you notice of the book a yearbook size history of my high school which closed after 118 years, “La Salle Military Academy, Pro Deo Pro Patria: The Life and Death of A Catholic Military School”. If I didn’t, I will send info later It’s available through the LSMA Alumni website . My Parkinson’s has slowed me down but seems to be under control with medication, physical therapy, exercise, and prayer.
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Charming new children’s book revisits colorful Baltimore policeman’s historic beat
Modern-day visitors to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor would hardly recognize the waterfront of Peter E. Dans’s latest children’s book. A bustling port that housed the busiest intersection in the US, the Baltimore harbor of 1937-1955 was teeming with-longshoremen, horse-drawn wagons, cars, and pedestrians – all of them directed “almost like a ballet” by Sergeant Bill McKeldin and his trusty horse Bob. Sergeant Bill and His Horse Bob is a playful profile of this real-life Baltimore figure, the brother of Theodore McKeldin, a Baltimore Mayor and later Governor of Maryland. His canny direction and unforgettable personality ensured many a commuter a safe and enjoyable trip.
Sergeant Bill and His Horse Bob is another gem celebrating Baltimore from the author who penned Perry’s Baltimore Adventure: A Bird’s-Eye View of Charm City, a perennial favorite. of readers from two to ninety-two. Featuring lively illustrations by Mary Grace Corpus, the book gives young readers a glimpse of an earlier time – and the local character who helped define it. Dans takes us to a time before stoplights and signals, when Sergeant Bill perched in a traffic booth at the intersection of Light and Pratt Streets, his horse Bob standing nearby with his nose in the direction of traffic flow. We learn how Sergeant Bill got his nickname, “the Whistler of Pratt and Light Street,” from whistling through his teeth at motorists and pedestrians. When Sergeant Bill gets a visit from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the everyday chaos of Baltimore traffic grows greater as the President’s dog Fala spies a cat and leaps out of his car! Bill and Bob must team up to rescue Fala from the busy Baltimore waterfront before the little dog sets sail as an unexpected passenger on the South-America-bound ship, the Santa Rosa.
Sergeant Bill and His Horse Bob is a fun reimagining of a beloved public figure’s service to his city. Dans succeeds once again in honoring a local legend of days past, making collective memory accessible to younger generations.
Peter E. Dans M.D. is an emeritus Associate Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins. His first children’s book, Perry’s Baltimore Adventure, celebrated the return of the peregrine falcons to Baltimore in 1978. The book is used in the Baltimore and Baltimore County Public Schools to teach urban geography. Among his other books are Doctors in the Movies: Boil the Water and Just Say Aah! and Christians in the Movies: A Century of Saints and Sinners. Dans’s memoir, Life on the Lower East Side, 1937 to 1950, was coauthored with photographer Rebecca Lepkoff and Suzanne Wasserman.
Mary Grace Corpus is a freelance illustrator from Indiana, currently living in Baltimore after graduating from Maryland Institute College of Art. She is the illustrator for a recent novel by Eden Bowditch, The Ravens of Solemano. Sergeant Bill and His Horse Bob is her first children’s book.
Sergeant Bill and His Horse Bob
by Peter E. Dans; illustrated by Mary Grace Corpus
Published by Camino Books
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“La Salle Military Academy, Pro Deo Pro Patria: The Life and Death of A Catholic Military School”
[JR: But couldn’t find it on Amazon.]
[JR: All Doc Dans’ books are here on Amazon.]