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October 22, 2013 | 02:16 PMWALWORTH — Trudy Schubert is known for turning complicated real-life, situations into easy-to-read kids books.
She’s written nine books on topics from bullying, discrimination and now religion.
Her most recent book, “Church Mice Play Together but Seldom Pray Together,” follows some rebellious mice who want to learn about new religions.
“Every mouse and church person should have freedom to believe in what they want as long as they are not eating or hurting each other,” one mouse says in the book.
Schubert said she is open to everything.
“My kids are not all in the same religion,” she said. “I don’t care. As long as they’re happy and they’re good people, it’s OK.”
She has one son who is a Mormon, one son who is a Catholic and another son who goes to a nondenominational Christian Church.
“I don’t tell my kids what they have to be,” Schubert said. “Whatever they feel, they go to.”
Schubert self-publishes her books, and she donates the funds to local organizations.
Proceeds from “Church Mice” will go to the Walworth County Alliance for Children’s Tree House.
Previous books have sent funds to the Walworth Fire Department and the Red Cross.
Schubert was baptized as a Catholic, spent time in the Dutch Reform Church and now goes to different churches on different Sundays, she said.
“If you were Amish, I would love you,” she said. “I think it’s interesting. I think Mormons are very interesting now that I’ve studied with them.”
Schubert said she did a lot of research on the different religions used in the book. She included facts on Seventh Day Adventists, Jews and Baptists.
“People come in all shapes and sizes,” she said. “We may not agree with their way of thinking, but we can learn from them if we open our closed minds. Every day, we have an opportunity to learn something new.”
In closing her book, Schubert used a quote from the late John Powers, an author from Lake Geneva: “You can learn from others or judge them, you can’t do both.”
She said this quote really gets to the meaning of her book.
Schubert dedicated the book to Jordan Stanton, a Marine corporal who was killed in Afghanistan.
“I never met him,” she said. “I met his grandmother when I was in California. I started sending him packages and things. I have his photo hung up (in the hallway), sometimes I just want to put it away because I can’t handle seeing it.”