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Local art teacher illustrates children's book

April 03, 2014
Grosse Pointe Farms teacher and artist Susan Capizzo illustrated the children's book "Max Remembers the Lord's Prayer," written by Myra Wildner of Clinton Township.

"Myra contacted me from a friend of mine," Capizzo said, "who is a neighbor in Clinton Township. She was looking for an illustrator. I have illustrated other books."

The author and artist met in the fall to discuss the book that tells the true story of a toy poodle, Max, who is lost for five days on Harsens Island.

During the ensuing days, Max remembers sections of the Lord's prayer and the reader learns how each segment helps him survive.

"I thought it was a sweet story and was inspired to do the illustrations," Capizzo said. "Together, we broke down the story into sections for the pictures to be developed.

"Before we knew it, the story was complete with Max finally being found."

Capizzo, Regina High School's art teacher, used water colors for the cover and inside illustrations.

She said she fills her extra time doing art now that her three children are in college. She also illustrated a series of three chapter books, "The Good Eggs."

"Max Remembers the Lord's Prayer" is available at Xulon Press, Amazon.com and barnes


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