A Book for the Whole Family Written by
Galen Blum Illustrated by
A Book for the Whole Family By Galen Blum
Illustrated by Lisa Flynn
This book is dedicated to the Children and Famlies of Hurricane Katrina
Once upon a time there was a real nice guy. His name was Flannel Man. Everywhere he went he made people feel comfortable.
If you were a hand shakinâ€™ kind of person then he would shake your hand.
If a big hug was what you liked then thatâ€™s what youâ€™d get.
Maybe a simple nod would do and thatâ€™s what heâ€™d give back to you.
He was just plain easy, that Flannel Man….soft and strong and easy. Everythin’ bout him made you want to be near him. He just rolled along from thing to thing bein’ helpful and kind and VERY VERY strong.
Some folks noticed he was different….outsiders mostly. They’d drive through town and be mean. But Flannel Man, he’d just smile and wave.
We ﬁgured he didn’t really hear them cuz’ his ears was so small. Actually his whole head was small….VERY VERY small.
He’d say stuff like “Pay them no mind. It’s just noise” and then go about ﬁxin’ and makin’ things. That Flannel Man sure loved to work!
One Fall day I asked him how his head got SO small and this is what he said: “After years and years of just concentratin’ on what’s in front of me, focusin’ real good…..my head shrunk. Turns out I didn’t need a big head any more. Keep it simple and do the next right thing and before ya know it….BIG things get small.” Then he smiled….He smiled a lot.
Along came winter and it was badâ€Ś..REAL bad.
The Mayor called the Governor and the Governor called the President and the President said heâ€™d pray for us. We sure needed it.
We could have used some money too but he said he had faith we could do it on our own cuzâ€™ we were Americans.
The reason I remember it real well is cuz’ all 243 of us had to stay in the school gym for 7 whole days. Roads closed…electric gone….it was BAD.
Every day people had meetins’. They argued bout’ “Why?” and “How Come?” and “When’s it gonna get better?”
All the while Flannel Man worked. He nailed boards on the windows.
He cooked beans in the kitchen.
He made all the cots look pretty.
He told us stories.
Best of all... he sat with my grandma every time she cried.
Me and my friends got tired of listnin’ to the big folks so we asked Flannel Man if we could help. He said “Yep”. He said yep a lot.
Pretty soon all us kids were busy doin’ and ﬁxin’. We were noisy too….noisy, busy and happy.
Around the fourth day I noticed big people joininâ€™ in. Now everybody had a job.
At night we rested,, then played games an’ told stories an’ sang an’ danced….A LOT!
Then we slept SUPER hard.
On the last day Flannel Man woke us up…..all of us at once…with his ﬁddle! He didn’t like to yell. He said the snow stopped snowin’ and the sun was out. He told us to pack up, clean up and go home.
When we got home there was all kinds of work to be done and we got busy! It was a mess.
That night Flannel Man came by to check on us and we were goodâ€Ś.tired but good.
When I grow up I want to be just like Flannel Man. He says itâ€™s easy and I believe him.
For further information call Galen Blum at 505-466-3108 or e-mail email@example.com
ÂŠ 2009 by Galen Blum Illustrations ÂŠ 2009 Lisa Flynn