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In the Spirit: New Derby children’s book written and illustrated by Louisville’s Paul Harshaw

With the Run for the Roses just around the corner, there’s a new way for children to get into the Derby spirit.

The new Derby-themed book, “Silo and Plyler’s Derby Horse Adventure,” is written and illustrated by long-time Louisvillian Paul Harshaw.

“As a parent, teacher and lover of Derby culture and tradition, I set out to create something children would love and parents would add as a keepsake to be passed down through generations,” says Harshaw. “After spending many months in my home, Silo and Plyler are excited to experience their first Derby this year. I look forward to introducing them to Kentucky.”

“Silo and Plyler’s Derby Horse Adventure” is Harshaw’s first book, however, he is certainly no stranger to the Louisville art scene. In 1997, Harshaw co-created the annual UnFair Art show, which became an institution in Old Louisville. In addition to being an author and illustrator, Harshaw is a teacher at St. Francis School in Goshen.

While horses rule the Derby, the stars of Harshaw’s book are penguins.

Paul Harshaw

“As far away as Antarctica, Silo and Plyler heard about a famous horse race held in Louisville. Upon learning about the Kentucky Derby, Silo and Plyler decided they wanted to enter a Derby horse of their own. However, they had a problem: Silo and Plyler had never seen a horse and had no idea what one looked like.

“So, they enlisted the help of other animal friends along the way in time for the big race,” explains Harshaw, who created 12 original paintings for the book to vividly highlight Silo, Plyler and their new friends.

“Silo and Plyler’s Derby Horse Adventure” is produced by Holland Brown Books, the Louisville-based publishing company founded by Gill and Augusta Holland.

The book is available locally at Carmichael’s Bookstores, 5-0-Lou, Revelry, Peace of the Earth and The Speed Museum, as well as online at HollandBrownBooks.com.

Children and families are invited when Harshaw reads and signs “Silo and Plyler’s Derby Horse Adventure” at Carmichael’s Kids. The half-hour event is set for April 27 at 11 a.m. Carmichael’s Kids is located at 1313 Bardstown Road.

Harshaw will also have the book and paintings at the Cherokee Art Fair. This annual event is set for April 29 and 30.

From Locker Public Relations

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