Author Judith Barton of Streeter presented an amusing and informative program to members of the Mason Bluebonnet Study Club at the Richard Eckert Center on February 21. A timeline of how her children’s book entitled "Too Many Chickens" became a reality was outlined in sometimes fun details, other times serious ones. It all began with her husband’s love of raising birds. He ordered 25 chickens and built a house for them. Mrs. Barton said that most of the chickens turned out to be roosters, even the "bonus chicken".
Facinated by this growing story, Mrs. Barton who was a retired art teacher took pictures of the developing saga. The pictures painted a story in her mind.
As the chickens grew, the house became smaller. She said that she could hear them bumping around in there at night....too many chickens.
For a child’s birthday present, Barton put together a story using the pictures with appropriate prose to describe each part of the life of the chickens.
Having taken a class on putting together homemade books, she put this first book together and put it in a drawer where it resided until her son took an interest and persuaded her to enhance it and self publish. With added prose and watercolor art depicting her original pictures, the book was published and is available at Benjie’s Books and Gifts.
Hints were given on how to put together homemade books and where to find materials needed were given as a part of her program. She showed different types of covers that can be created out of ordinary things one can find around the house. She encouraged members to make their own books as gifts.
Attending Mrs. Barton’s presentation were Edna Earle Benton, Maudi Bergmann, Mary Hemphill, Carol Jordan, Tanya Lamoreaux, Sabin Nelson, and hostess Betty Meyer.
The next meeting of the Mason Bluebonnet Study Club will be a study of Texas Heritage in Music. The group will meet in the Methodist Church parking lot on March 21 at 10:45 a.m. and carpool to Brady. Lunch will be at the Patio Cafe, then a guided tour of the Heart of Texas Country Music Museum will follow.