Tuesday in Arizona
Publication Date: February 1998
Categories: Humorous Stories
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A downtrodden miner and his pack rat companion show that perseverence conquers all and that attitude is everything in this story filled with funny wordplay. A week in the life of a lonely, nameless miner proves to be filled with nothing but heartache. Throughout the week, a friendly pack rat scurries about collecting his loot and watching his human neighbor. As the miner copes with his incredible hunger, robbers take what few valuables he has left. He does not surrender to despair, however. What a difference a week can make. Even when things look their worst, the miner does not give up. His determination and persistence, along with a little help from his pack rat friend, prove that "you jus' never know what'll turn up next on Tuesday in Arizona." Marian Harris is the author of several well-received children's books, including Goose and the Mountain Lion, which won a Colorado Children's Book Award. She met her husband, Jim, while she was a writer and he was an illustrator for their college newspaper. With a bachelor of science degree in pre-med, Mrs. Harris has ghostwritten several biology textbooks. A former high-school teacher, she currently enjoys homeschooling her children. Jim Harris is a prolific illustrator of children's books, including the best-selling Three Little Javalinas and Ten Little Dinosaurs, each with more than 200,000 copies in print. He counts among his many awards a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators, the coveted Communication Arts' Award of Excellence, and an Arizona Young Readers Award. He lives happily with his wife and children on their ranch in Colorado.