ARGOS/PLYMOUTH – Writing is like showing beef steers? Really?
Yes, said author Michelle Houts, as she spoke to students at Argos Elementary and Washington Discovery Elementary in Plymouth Friday. She was in Marshall County to headline the Young Author’s Conference in Bremen the same evening.
Her children’s book “The Beef Princess of Practical County” was not unknown to the students at either school. They had clearly been reading (or hearing, in the case of younger students) the book prior to the author’s appearance.
Houts’ story involves a young girl, Libby, who raises two calves on her family’s cattle farm with hopes to win the annual steer competition at the county fair. Problems ensue when she names her steers against her father’s advice, and they start to become pets, even though they will be auctioned at the fair. To complicate matters, Libby’s mother convinces her to enter the Beef Princess competition, where she will have to face off against the dreaded Darling sisters. How Libby negotiates the trials of the county fair makes interesting reading for local students, many of whom can personally relate to the fair experience.
To read more of this story, see the April 22 edition of the Pilot News.