We are thrilled to have Nancy Rips as our guest reader for momaha’s Evening Children’s Story Time this Friday.
Author of the new children’s book, “My First Berkshire ABC”, Nancy takes a fun, whimsical look at the companies and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.
Nancy is the immediate past president of the Omaha Public Library Board of Trustees and has served on the board for nine years. Her published books include “Seder Stories”, “High Holiday Stories”, and “Hanukkah Stories”.
She established a story hour at The Lydia House Homeless Shelter and created a book giveaway program for the Juvenile Court System in Omaha. Nancy has been honored as Volunteer of the Year by both the Jewish Federation of Omaha and The Rose Blumkin Jewish Nursing Home.
We recently spoke to Nancy about her newest book. Here’s what she had to say:
Q. Where did the original concept of the book come from?
A. Every year The Bookworm, where I work, is the bookstore at the annual Berkshire meeting. We sell all business related books that Mr. Buffett recommends. And every year I’ve wondered, why isn’t there a children’s book on the list? Everyone certainly is not reading Benjamin Graham’s “The Intelligent Investor!”
First I thought about an ABC book of financial terms and qualities of Mr. Buffett’s:
S is for Sharing – Mr. Buffett believes we should share what we have.
D is for Dow Jones
K is for Kind, Mr. Buffett believes we should be kind to each other
Mr. Buffett emailed back that those terms were too laudatory of him, and he would be lampooned in the press. Also, he doesn’t believe we can teach financial terms. So the next day, I sent a brand new proposal with all of his companies!
A is for Acme Brick
B is for Borsheims
C is for Clayton Homes
D is for Dairy Queen
Two hours later, I got a one sentence email — “You’re in the show.” TA-DA , I was flying.
Q. How did you connect with the illustrator? What was that collaboration like?
A. This could begin, “Once upon a time…” One day, a favorite customer of mine, Mary Kerr, came in to the store. With her was her husband, whom I had never met. She introduced me to Tom Kerr, and I said, “What do you do?” He explained he was an illustrator and cartoonist, AND he had drawn Buffett! I said, “We need to talk. I want to tell you about a project I’ve started working on.” And that’s how we got together!
Q. What can parents and children expect from reading the book?
A. It shows all the Berkshire companies in living color and fun drawings. What kid can’t relate to getting ice cream from Dairy Queen or jumping on the mattresses at Nebraska Furniture Mart? Ever read “Five Little Monkeys Jumpong On A Bed”? Maybe that’s not exactly what your Mom wants you to do, but it could sure be lots of fun.
Q. Where did your love of books come from? What made you want to go into Library Science?
A. Oh, I always loved books. Always. I got my first library card at 4! I always thought with books you could learn anything, be anyone, go anywhere, try everything. To me they were wonderful. Nothing made me happier than taking the bus downtown to the old public library on Harney Street and coming home with a pile of new books every single week. On the other hand, I have a fabulous, to-die twin brother, and we both learned that “books are our friends.” He went on to make other friends! But he’s still totally cool.
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Want to meet Nancy Rips?
Join us on 7 p.m. Friday for momaha’s Evening Children’s Story Time at The Bookworm Bookstore at Countryside Village, near 87th and Pacific Streets, to hear Nancy read her latest book. Kiddos are encouraged to come in their pajamas and stay for milk and cookies after the reading.
Danielle Herzog is a stay-at-home mom and freelancer with two children. Read her every Wednesday on momaha.
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