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Cobb Author Woos Children of All Ages with Nature Stories

Debbie Rankin has done many readings at Tritt Elementary School and various Cobb venues.

Cobb Author Woos Children of All Ages with Nature Stories

Patch Staff Report

Cobb author Debbie Rankin delights young readers with her entertaining and beautifully illustrated books, The Squirrel Who Almost Stole Halloween, Butch the Blue Jay and Warbie.

A resident of Marietta and a lover of nature, her stories come from the adventures she has gathered while observing the many animal characters that have graced her gardens over the years.

“The everyday life of nature speaks to my heart, and my heart speaks in the story,” says Rankin.

Butch the Blue Jay

Butch and I became best friends the day this baby Blue Jay fell from his nest. What happened over the next weeks was pure magic as this tiny bird showed me determination and bravery I will never forget.

The Squirrel Who Almost Stole Halloween

This is one of the funniest experiences at the Cottage. Wink, the official Halloween greeter, had an experience two days before this night of tricks or treats; an experience that involved a very mischievous Squirrel named Gabby. Wink will tell you all about it.


If birds could speak our language, can you imagine the stories they could tell about migration? Warbie is one such bird who is on her first 2,000 + migration path from Connecticut to the CaribbeanIslands when a storm drops her in Marietta. Join Mr. Dee, the Chickadee and Warbie as they share this adventure. Ta- wit, ta wit, ta wit t-ee yo!

Appropriate for children ages 4 to 9, Ms. Rankin shares her stories at schools, libraries and hospitals throughout Atlanta. Available via the author’s website www.cottageinthepark.com, each signed book copy comes with a hand-felted story book character. Books are also available for purchase at Atlanta MADE and through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other on-line sites.

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