JIM THOMPSON- AUTHOR TALK & BOOK SIGNING- TUESDAY, AUGUST 15 AT 6:30PM
Author Talk & Book Signing
Tuesday, August 15th
Books & Company
Peanut is a tiny lamb born on Jim Thompson's farm one summer. Peanut was beautiful. She had dark brown wool, with a little curly halo of white on top of her head. But Peanut was different than other lambs; she was born blind. She could not see her food or water or even her own mother. Often, it's hard for farm animals with disabilities to survive since without help it can be very difficult for them to live productive lives. They decided to give Peanut a chance. Thankfully, Peanut’s mom, “Sweetie Pie,” was a nurturing and protective mother who helped Peanut find her milk and so much more. But Peanut needed our help to learn how to lie down and find water in our big pasture. Once they put a jingle bell around Sweetie Pie’s neck, Peanut could always tell where her mother was just by listening. With her keen sense of smell, she learned how to find the tallest grass. With her sharp hearing, she was able to hear when an apple fell from an apple tree and hurry to the spot where it landed for a tasty snack. She sometimes had to endure the head-butts of some not-so-friendly sheep, but she learned how to become more confident and give a few little playful head-butts of her own. This is the joyful and true story about how a lamb overcame a lot of hard challenges to become a happy and healthy member of her flock. And she also became the star of Blind Faith Farm.
Jim Thompson and his wife Laura live on a hobby farm in Jefferson County, Wisconsin. An Air Force veteran, Jim returned to Wisconsin in 1983, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in Zoology. He spent the next 20 years with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, mostly as a Lake Michigan Fisheries Technician.