Snohomish-born author’s children’s book chronicles the accidental adventure of a pigeon

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Snohomish-born author’s children’s book chronicles the accidental adventure of a pigeon


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Laura Roetcisoender developed her book about a pigeon after watching birds on a ferry ride.

SNOHOMISH – Laura Roetcisoender has always had a passion for entertaining children and for writing. Now she has published a new children’s book.
In 2005, while taking the ferry to Whidbey Island, Roetcisoender noticed pigeons hidden in the rafters of the boat.
She wondered who was the first pigeon to take the ferry to the island and how their journey had gone. Deciding it would be an entertaining story, she quickly started writing down ideas. After finding inspiration, Laura quickly started writing “Priscilla Gets Lost!”
It is 26 pages long, includes color illustrations and is intended for children aged three to five.
Its story features the journey of Priscilla the pigeon, who accidentally takes a ride on the Mukilteo ferry.
“I thought it would make a good, entertaining story,” Roetcisoender said.
The story begins when a local Mukilteo pigeon, Priscilla, notices that seagulls are being fed by people. Wanting to participate in the buffet, she unwittingly takes a ride on the ferry to Whidbey Island. Priscilla soon finds herself alone in a new and strange place, with no way to get home. After finding the courage to ask seagulls for help, she is confused about their advice. Priscilla soon meets another pigeon named Reggie and an old crow named Bert who help her in her quest to get home. Eventually, Priscilla is able to return home with the help of her new friends and shares the story with her other friends back home.
Writing this book was a two year process, which took hours of writing and editing.
Roeticisoender was born in 1948 at Snohomish Hospital and lived in Snohomish until 1966 before moving to San Francisco after graduating from high school. Roetcisoender spent most of her career working for Pacific Northwest Bell in Seattle until her retirement in 2000. Having a love for the Pacific Northwest, she decided to move to Langley on Whidbey Island in because of the peace and quiet of the region.
Roetcisoender’s interest in writing for children began in the early 1990s.
Eventually, Roetcisoender fulfilled his dream of publishing a children’s book with the help of Newman Springs Publishing, who illustrated and published the book.
Roetcisoender is not yet finished and plans to hopefully write a sequel to Priscilla’s story if the first book sells well.
“Priscilla gets lost! Is available for sale in physical and eBook formats on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks, and Moonraker Books in Langley.

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