Wis­dom of the Ages

From Sarah Hamp­son, au­thor of Dr. Coo and the Pi­geon Project

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You could say that writer Sarah Hamp­son, 60, lived a Mad Men ex­is­tence, be­gin­ning her ca­reer with “words” in ad­ver­tis­ing, where she came up with cre­ative ideas for the likes of Den­tyne, Heinz ketchup and Pot of Gold choco­lates. Af­ter the birth of her third son, she quit and rein­vented her­self as an award-win­ning jour­nal­ist and, in 2010, she wrote a best-sell­ing me­moir, Hap­pily Ever Af­ter Mar­riage: A Rein­ven­tion in Mid-life.

Dr. Coo and the Pi­geon Protest is her de­but chil­dren’s pic­ture book. In­spired by a se­ries of beau­ti­ful pho­to­graphs of New York pi­geons that she hap­pened to see on­line, the story fea­tures a wise old bird, Dr. Coo, who helps his fel­low pi­geons re­gain some re­spect in the city. A les­son in di­ver­sity and tol­er­ance, it is a timely and light-hearted re­minder that a thriv­ing com­mu­nity is made up of many peo­ple with un­known his­to­ries. “When my chil­dren were young, I loved mak­ing up sto­ries for them at bed­time. I thought about writ­ing chil­dren’s books but I never had the time,” Hamp­son ex­plains. “I wrote Dr. Coo on a whim in 2016. I typed it up on plain pa­per, sent it into the ‘slush pile’ of un­so­licited manuscripts at Kids Can Press and for­got about it. I didn’t hear any­thing for three months when I got a call from an edi­tor there say­ing she loved it. It was to­tally un­ex­pected and, to me, that al­ways brings the most joy.”

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