First Posted: 6/22/2009
Two little known facts about Mount Airy City Commissioner Dean Brown is that he has always wanted to fly and the other is that he has written, illustrated and published seven childrens books.
The latest is Willie the Frog Learns to Fly, which is bill as being written by Browns co-author, Thomas the Toad, which is a real toad that Brown fed and pampered during the creation of the book.
According to Brown, Thomas struggled with research, learning to work his electric typewriter and inserting the paper. However, after the book was finished, he returned Thomas to the fern garden in Browns yard.
:The easy reading book contains the lessons of many virtues and lessons in life for children, Brown said. This book is based on a lot of my own personal experiences. As a child, I always wanted to learn how to fly, thats where some of my scars come from, Brown said.
Brown is a retired educator who believes that adults should instill the kind of life lessons as he has included in his book, to all children.
One running theme throughout Browns childrens books are the tracks left by the animals on the pages. Brown said he has a special talent for translating the tracks, which he said are humorous for the most part and dont have anything to do with the story.
Some of the translations like those with the frog tracks on the page include favorites such as A frogs life is mostly jolly, for he has water enough to spare, and You can tell a lot about a frogs character by the way he catches flies.
Everyone young and old, enjoys reading my animal books, Brown said.
The author is also a folk-art artist and does his own illustrations. Both Willie the Frog Learns to Fly and The Confederate Mouse, another book by Brown, contain special third dimensional art, which was developed by the author.
This makes my books somewhat distinctive, said Brown.
Browns books have sold all across the United States and internationally.
Books can be purchased directly from Brown, who said he will be happy to personalize and sign the book for no extra charge. It is also available at local bookstores. He has plans to do book signings, but the times and places have yet to be been determined.
Brown is active in the local community. He serves as commissioner for the City of Mount Airy. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Surry Economic Development Partnership, Inc.
Brown is a retired teacher of 41 years. Most of his time was spent as a librarian in maximum security prisons for youthful offenders and alternative schools throughout the South. He attended Mount Airy schools and graduated in 1957.
He is a graduate of Appalachian State University. He completed graduate work in Criminal Psychology at the University of South Florida and completed additional graduate work in Library Science at Appalachian State University. He is married to his wife Eleanor and the proud parent of Mark Brown and Molly Robinson. He has four grandchildren, Sam and Kate Brown, Dominick Griffin and Austin Robinson.
Browns other books include: Rupert The Cross Eyed Rooster, The Confederate Mouse, Boyhood Tales of General JEB Stuart, Grandmas Stories, Cures and Fixings, Seniors are Much Like Trees.
Brown said to date, The Confederate Mouse and Grandmas Stories, Cures and Fixings have been the most popular publications.
Brown has already started on his next book which will be about family history and genealogy.
For more information, Brown can be reached by e-mail at [email protected] or at 789-1979.
Contact Mondee Tilley at [email protected] or at 719-1930.