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October 23, 2012 | 04:21 PMWALWORTH — For Trudy Schubert, inspiration for a children's book can come from the trials and tribulations of everyday life.
The idea for her latest book, "The Wheel Christmas Secret," came after she broke her arm at the end of 2010.
While confined to a cast, she struggled with everyday activities and tried to refuse company. However, her neighbors, Michael and Bonnie Ida, had something else in mind.
They called and wanted to pay her a visit, but she told them they couldn't come over because she was in her pajamas. Her neighbors ignored her request and arrived at her doorstep wearing their PJs.
After lifting her spirits, Michael Ida, the pastor at Delavan 1st Baptist Church, reminded Schubert to keep in mind what she has, not what she doesn't.
After living with the inconvenience of a broken arm, Schubert found herself inspired by people who suffer from disabilities, especially people who excel with them. She found inspiration through the paraplegic athletes on television and others who have disabilities.
From there her book was born. Most of the rest of the ideas, including reindeers with GPS systems for noses, just came to her she said.
She envisions her book being read to children by their teachers, who are telling students that they can succeed regardless of disabilities.
Schubert's other books have also been inspired by events in her life. Her favorite book "Mouse on a Mission" was inspired by her son, a member of the Chicago Fire Department's Dive Team, who dove into Lake Michigan to save a child who had fallen into the icy waters.
Her other books have tackled issues of religious acceptance, the death of a family friend and bullying.
About the book
In her book, a boy named Paul loses the use of his legs after being tossed from a wild horse. Paul struggles with his disability and abandons his dream of flying airplanes.
"Paul has halfheartedly adjusted to having wheels replace his feet," Schubert writes.
Paul's father, Dr. Rob Meeker, is a famed veterinarian that owns a large ranch and cares for injured animals.
In the North Pole, Santa is looking for solutions for his reindeers' problems. His Christmas Eve guides are struggling to successfully land on homes with roofs that have steep pitches.
To protect the reindeer, Santa developed "deer-thing-a-ma-jigs" to help them land safely.
"Much to everyone's disappointment, the thing-a-ma-jigs are not working out as expected," Schubert writes. "They really need to come up with a thing-a-ma-bob that would prevent the deer from slipping and hurting themselves."
Santa seeks the help of Dr. Meeker, who develops a device to help the reindeer land safely. As a reward, Santa brings Paul and his sister, Myra, with him on Christmas Eve as he delivers presents.
During the sleigh ride, Santa shows Paul other children who live with disabilities.
After riding with Santa, Paul's outlook brightens and he tells his parents that he is going to become a pilot.
Schubert self-published her book. She doesn't plan on getting rich off her work, and she doesn't even want to make money from it.
Instead she wants the money to support a good cause.
After printing and publishing the book, Schubert doesn't recoup any costs. The money collected from the books goes directly to Inspiration Ministries.
Inspiration Ministries is a Christian-based residential community and respite provider for adults with disabilities.
"Our goal is to provide a warm, home-like environment in which men and women with physical and cognitive disabilities can thrive and succeed," according to its website.
Want to buy a book? "The Wheel Christmas Secret," costs $5 and is being sold at St. Benedicts, Inspiration Ministries and the Rauland Agency.