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Baltimore 4th grader publishes book during COVID-19 lockdown

Tell Me a Reason Why: A Skunk and Rat Story
Posted at 1:40 PM, May 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-18 13:48:40-04

BALTIMORE — A Baltimore fourth grader made the most of her time sheltering in place, by publishing a book.

Yup you read that right. Her name is Graysen Luthye, and she is a student in the French immersion program at Baltimore International Academy.

The book is called “Tell Me a Reason Why: A Skunk and Rat Story." It's a picture book for children about a Skunk and Rat who are best friends.

In the story Skunk feels unsure of herself, leaving it up to Rat to list all the reasons why he loves her just the way she is.

Graysen's goal in writing the book is to encourage everyone to use words of kindness, while coming up with their own list of why they love their best friends.

She and her father Curt worked together, along with local artist, Justice Lanclos, to bring the book to life.

Lanclos is a senior Fine Arts student at Morgan State University. She will be headed to the Savannah College of Art and Design to continue her studies and pursue a master’s degree.

“Tell Me a Reason Why: A Skunk and Rat Story," is also available in French and can be purchased online through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or the book's website.