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Mississippi State University library exhibit highlights art, writings of Laurie Parker

April 30 , 2002

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Original illustrations and published works of a Starkville artist and writer are featured through May at Mississippi State University’s Mitchell Memorial Library.

Laurie Parker’s popular children’s books Everywhere in Mississippi and recent release The Turtle Saver (both Quail Ridge Press of Brandon) are among items on exhibit in the third-floor atrium.

Parker, a 1985 MSU graduate in elementary education, wrote the rhyming Everywhere in Mississippi as part of a series that includes All Over Alabama, Texas Alphabet, and Louisiana Alphabet. Turtle Saver, Parker’s first non-regional book, tells the story of the far-reaching effects of a simple act of human kindness. The accompanying illustrations — collages she made with colors and materials found in old magazines — include the English bulldog featured prominently in the storyline.

Nancy Verhoek-Miller, MSU professor of curriculum and instruction and exhibit coordinator, said children “of any age” can enjoy the display of Parker’s highly expressive imagination. “Consider the exhibit as a mini-vacation; a trip to the library and an art gallery rolled into one,” she added.

For more information on the Parker exhibit, telephone Verhoek-Miller at (662) 325-7502 or Mattie Sink at 325-3848.

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