(WXYZ) – In a classroom in Sterling Heights, Kate Mazur from Michigan learned the basics of the English language.
“I remember taking all those little tabs and spelling out the words,” Mazur said.
Thanks to an overactive imagination, he excelled at creative writing.
“It says that Bobo was a turkey that lived in the woods,” he said.
Mazur crafted this story at just 5 years old.
It is the story of a brave turkey searching for berries in the woods on Thanksgiving Day.
He is captured by pilgrims but manages to get out thanks to the help of his friends.
“And then Bobo came home and his friends had a party – the finale,” Mazur said.
She admits that her memory of the story was much more detailed than what she had written.
“I decided I needed to make Bobo what I really wanted him to be, but I didn’t know how to express it when I was young. And then my husband said, why don’t you send him to a couple of publishers and see what happens?” she said. .
And so Mazur became a published author. One of the first things he did was call Messmore Elementary School.
School principle Dr. Renee Feima says it was a no-brainer to invite Mazur back.
“I could see that her coming here would inspire the students to see themselves in her,” Feima said.
The students were so inspired that they colored their own Bobo the turkeys and hung them on a bulletin board.
When 7 Action New visited the school, some students shared what they took from the story.
“The theme of the book is that when things get scary, you find good friends and they will always help you along the way,” said one student.
Mazur says her creativity and curiosity were nurtured at Messmore Elementary School.
She hoped that going back and sharing the book would encourage students to follow their dreams.
“It just means the world,” Mazur said.