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Rocky Road Trucking by Rachael Benson
“Okay everybody here’s your GPS. Try to follow directions and don’t get lost. We’ve got a lot of messages to deliver. Now trucks, hit the road. Oh, I’m so sorry. Let me introduce myself; I’m the Motor Cortex, I go by Mr. MC. I’m the part of the brain that plans and controls voluntary movements. Voluntary means intentional. I write the messages that tell certain body parts to work.” “I’m his wife, Mrs. Up. I deliver the messages by using a group of trucks called the upper motor neurons. We live inside Rachael’s head. We’re in charge of a company called Rocky Road Trucking. We have three kids named Rit, Lit, and RFin,” replied Mrs. Up. “We’re a family-owned business that delivers the mail. We don’t call ourselves Rocky Road Trucking for nothing. Managing brain activity is a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it. Some days it can be tough sorting through the mail,” replied Mrs. Up.
Reviewed By Lesley Jones for Readers’ Favorite: Review Rating: 5 Stars.
In Rocky Road Trucking by Rachael Benson, imagine if parts of your brain could communicate with each other? Meet the Rocky Road trucker family: Mr. MC, his wife Mrs. UP, and their three children, Rit, Lit, and RFin. They live inside Rachael’s mind and they help her learn new skills. Rachael is a little girl with cerebral palsy, and we follow her as the rocky road truckers work as a team to help her write her name and dress herself for the first time. This book looks at the subject matter of the mind through a disabled child, but in a very unique way using this family of funny characters. The book is both educational and amusing and a great bedtime read for parents and children.
The concept of this book is extraordinary and something I have never come across before. It is extremely informative about the workings of the mind and the different parts of the brain, but at the same time explains it in a way that is easily understood by children. This would make a perfect bedtime story for a child with cerebral palsy or equally a child without. It will give young readers a clear understanding that there are children who are different from themselves. There are children who have to work that little bit harder to achieve things they take for granted such as dressing themselves, reading, and writing. This book would make an excellent addition to any school bookshelf. I love a book that can teach children tolerance and kindness to others, and this book achieves that goal perfectly.
Paperback: 72 Pages
Publisher: Pen It! Publications, LLC (November 4, 2020)
Savannah Horton (Illustrator)
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The Inside Story of the Jackrabbit and the Tortoise by Rachael Benson
“Slow and steady wins the race,” Hare remarked. Not true! People say that ‘cause Tortoise beat me. He got lucky! Here’s how Tortoise became the winner and stole the spotlight from me.”
Paperback: 44 Pages
Publisher: Pen It! Publications, LLC (December 30, 2018)
Krishana Griffith (Illustrator)
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About The Author: Author Rachael Benson is a talented writer who happens to have Cerebral Palsy. She has never let that stop her from living her life. She wrote this story because she wanted to give people a taste of what she goes through to accomplish even the simplest of daily tasks. Her dad owned a mail route business and since having Cerebral Palsy is all about finding other routes/connections to do everyday tasks, Rocky Road Trucking was born. This book includes activities for kids to do in school, with parents and with youth programs to give them an idea of what their friends who have Cerebral Palsy have to go through.
Message From The Author: “I walk on the wild side of life. If someone asks me, “Rachael, don’t you think this is a little dangerous?” I look at them with a big smile and with no hesitation, I reply, “Hey, Danger is my middle name!” It makes people laugh when they answer, “Well then, go for it!” You could say it’s my slogan. People who know me really well exclaim, “Uh-oh. Here comes Danger. Look out!”
My name is Rachael “Danger” Benson. I’m a writer with cerebral palsy. Those words are taken from an opening paragraph of an article I wrote about my life a long time ago called, “Uh-oh… Here Comes Danger!” That piece talks about my life and shares some of my fun childhood experiences. You can find it, along with many of my other writings on my blog, including all the scripts I wrote for my YouTube channel when I did my “ABC’s of Contentment” series: https://rachaelbenson.com/
By now, I’ve accomplished many things. I graduated from College of the Canyons with my A.A. degree in Social Science in June 2007. Then, in 2013, I won 10th place in the November/December Writer’s Digest competition for my blog piece titled, “Hot Coffee Coming Through.” Visit my blog to read it. In June 2016, I earned a certificate in fiction writing from the UCLA Extension program.
My list of published writings includes an article in the Canyon Call, the college newspaper, in March 2005. I’ve also been published in the Santa Clarita Magazine in April 2009. My first published work was a rebuttal, written in response to an editorial headlined: “Religious Nuts Expose SpongeBob SquarePants.” The other one was called, “Would You Like a Magazine?” It was about the volunteer work I’ve been doing for 13 years at my local hospital passing out magazines and bringing smiles to patients. They’re both under the tab labeled Published Works on my blog. This is my most recent children’s book. I have previously published two other children’s books; “The Hunt for Heaven” (Chaplain Publishing, December 2009) and “The Inside Story of the Jackrabbit and the Tortoise” (Pen It! Publications, October 2018). You can find links to buy both books on my blog. The links for “The Inside Story of the Jackrabbit and the Tortoise” can be found under a post titled, “The Inside Story of the Jackrabbit and the Tortoise Book Dedication,” and the link for “The Hunt for Heaven” can be found on the right side under a link that says, “Get my book.” Also, this year I joined an organization for children’s book authors called Red Clover Reader. It’s a website that allows people to read children’s books free for 30 minutes a day. Then they can buy the book if they like it either through the author or the publisher. Please come by and check out my author page https://www.redcloverreader.com/au/rachael.benson
Besides this book, my other recent published work was a shortened version of “Rachael The Miracle Child.” It was published on the Live Action News website in August of 2020. Here’s the Link: https://www.liveaction.org/news/baby-born-wasnt-breathing-became-miracle-child/
You can find an extended version of “Rachael The Miracle Child” on my blog by typing the title in the search bar. Let me tell you, writing this book was quite an educational experience for me because I don’t have a background in science. I’m just a writer with cerebral palsy trying to figure out how to explain it to kids in a fun way and help bring about more disability awareness. I had to watch many videos and read many articles to understand what goes on inside my brain with cerebral palsy and why certain things happen. Trust me, even though I live with cerebral palsy, I don’t completely understand it myself. After a while, I just get so used to doing something a certain way that I don’t even think about how I do it or why I do it the way I do it, I just do it. Trying to figure out how to explain it and put it in writing so that it makes sense to others without a science background themselves, has been interesting and fun at the same time. It certainly has been an adventure, and it’s not over. I plan to make this a book series. I see so many books out there about disabilities geared toward parents, teachers, and medical professionals; but what about the child with the disability? There doesn’t seem to be much out there that’s fun for them to read and share with their friends; that’s my goal with the series. I have many more experiences for the Rocky Road Trucking Family to share with the world.
A friend of mine gave me the idea one time when we were talking about a way to explain cerebral palsy to kids. I don’t remember exactly what she said, but I know she said something about how having cerebral palsy is about trying to find another way; another mail route to accomplish a task. I loved the idea and ran with it. My grandparents owned a mail route business, and then it was passed on to my dad who died in 1995. You could call this my legacy in life; or should I say my family’s legacy about the many rocky roads we’ve all traveled together to try to help me learn how to accomplish certain daily tasks. Learning never stops. Thank you to all who have helped me along the way. With each book, I look forward to learning more about how the inside of my brain works and educating readers as I talk about my life experiences. Let’s learn together! My life motto is, “Don’t be afraid of the bumps in the road and be prepared to live dangerously!”
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