WEST COLUMBIA — Longtime West Columbia residents Rebecca and Jeffrey Hutchinson have a fairly simple explanation for finding the need to write a children’s book: informing the future generation.
“Every child deserves the opportunity to live on a peaceful, healthy planet,” Rebecca Hutchinson said. “The book includes 10 activities children and parents can do to start being more eco-friendly.”
“I am Mother Earth,” a 32-page story promoting adventure and good earth stewardship, was released in May in Durango, Colorado.
The Hutchinsons, who moved from West Columbia to Durango in 2018, found inspiration for a children’s book after three groups of people unknowingly crossed each other’s path.
In 2018, Jeffery Hutchinson discovered an online journal of two adventurers traveling the Continental Divide from South America to North America, he said. He became invested in the two young adventurers, Bethany Hughes and Lauren Reed.
One day, the travelers made their way through a Chilean village and spent time talking with locals and taking photos, Jeffery Hutchinson said.
Some of the photos the travelers posted online included a local artist’s work.
That artist was Marcela Stormesan Bravo, and her captivating work jumped off the screen and enlightened the couple, Jeffery Hutchinson said.
“I was taken by the images and showed them to Rebecca,” he said. “We later contacted the artist via Facebook about illustrating a book.”
With the book, both parents and children can be moved to do good things in their own lives, Rebecca Hutchinson said.
“Inspiring the world with our love and good deeds is our daily goal,” she said. “We want children to feel a global connection to each other.”
The couple, who went back to West Columbia in May for a book signing event, miss the area greatly, Rebecca Hutchinson said.
“There’s nothing like coming home,” she said. “Back in Texas on Memorial (Day) weekend, we drove every inch of our hometown, taking in each new thing we saw. We were humbled by the response we received for the book launch. We are blessed to have such a large support group.”
She really misses the familiar faces of Brazoria County, Rebecca Hutchinson said.
“That connectivity you get from being part of something bigger than yourself is what gives me great satisfaction,” she said. “I feel like the people in the West Brazos area helped to create the best part of me. The fondness I have for the area is like a trip to bountiful.”
The couple is actively discussing ideas for a follow-up book, Rebecca Hutchinson said.
“We are working on a Spanish-language version of ‘I Am Mother Earth,’” she said. “We are also working on a second, more comprehensive Mother Earth story with Marcela.”
He hopes those who read the book can find the means to help safeguard the planet for the next generation, Jeffery Hutchinson said.
“If we can reach one person at a time in helping the world be a better place, maybe they can pay it forward to the next person,” he said.
For information, visit www.motherearthbooks.net. The paperback edition is available by ordering online for $14.95.