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PHOTO: Ruth Rusch with her book entitled, The Adventures of Freddie the Frog

Tinton Falls, N.J.  - At 91 years young, Seabrook resident Ruth Rusch’s dream to write a children’s book happened this summer.  The entertaining book, “The Adventures of Freddie the Frog,” was published in August.

She was inspired to write the book after looking at a series of photos her niece took of a ceramic frog in various situations to humor her. The frog named Freddy was made by Rusch in ceramics class.  She decided to add text to the funny images and pen a story about Freddie’s escapades meeting different creatures such as Sammy the squirrel and Frannie the frog.

With the assistance of Seabrook employee Erin Cali, she self-published the book on Shutterfly.

Rusch, a former director of Christian education and social worker at a public school, hopes the story will teach children to continue to use their imaginations and show them how to handle new situations as they pursue their school days.

A resident of Seabrook for 16 years, Rusch grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania and graduated from Park College in Missouri. She was married to childhood sweetheart William for more than 39 years, and they raised their four children in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. In addition to writing, she enjoys reading, doing needlepoint and painting ceramics.

“My first intention was to give the book as a gift to each member of my family,” said Rusch. “However, since I received my first copy, many people have been asking to purchase the book.  I am quite flattered.”