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First grader publishes book

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Sophie Rossitto Photo by Jody Shackelford
Author Sophie Rossitto of Salem recently published her first book titled Feelings which she wrote and illustrated while enrolled as a student -- a first grade Salem Elementary Student.

While publishing a book is quite an accomplishment for any aspiring author, doing so while in first grade trumps most. Rossitto has a substantial list of unpublished titles under her belt, one in particular Mysteries of the Ocean is 365 pages long.

Sophie, 7, is the daughter of Vicky and Sam Rossitto of Salem. Vicky said Sophie has been writing and illustrating books since she was four-years-old. "She loves to write. Everyday when she goes home she will write a book," Vicky said.

Salem Elementary first grade teacher Jeanne Welch has published a compilation of student work in the past, but after reading Rossitto's work, she decided she would make Rossitto her first published author.

Rossitto's book covers the topic of feelings which ties into Welch's curriculum. "We thought this would be a great asset to our library," Welch said. Rossitto's book will act as a peer tool, Welch said. "It is a kid's feeling; a kid wrote this. It's not about how you and I feel but how a seven-year-old feels."

"Today I am feeling thoughtful of all the things we did," Vicky quoted from the book.

Although Rossitto enjoys writing she said her sights are already set on a career as an artist. Until then she said she will keep writing books at home. "It's something new everyday," Welch said.

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