New Cherokee author spins tale of grandsons
Children’s book author and Cherokee Nation citizen Julia Hash answers questions from second graders on Feb. 12 at Claremont Elementary School in Claremore. Hash read her book “The Adventures of Carson and Haiden: The Nighttime Noise” to the students. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cover of “The Adventures of Carson and Haiden: The Nighttime Noise.” COURTESY
CLAREMORE — A Cherokee Nation citizen with “a wild imagination” has penned the first of what she hopes will be a series of children’s books featuring her grandsons.
Julia Hash, a former Illinois educator now living in Claremore, wrote “The Adventures of Carson and Haiden: The Nighttime Noise,” a 24-page work recently published by Covenant Books.
“I always had a wild imagination,” the grandmother of six said. “Of course, my grandkids think I’m crazy. I’m trillions and trillions of years old, and I had a pet pterodactyl who took me to school. I’ve been to the moon. I’ve been the president. I’ve played basketball with Michael Jordan. I used to tell kids this when I worked at the grade-school level. It’s just to open up their imaginations. That, to me, is important.”
Hash’s grandsons – cousins Haiden, 7, and Carson, 8 – are the series’ protagonists. The first story takes place in Dalton, Minnesota.
“I think it’s great,” Haiden Hash said of his grandmother’s tale, adding that he hopes a follow-up book will take place in Illinois, where he once lived.
The new author said her next book will touch on a trip to Florida followed by one based “out there in the country in Adair (in Rogers County).” Eventually, she said, one would take place in Illinois.
“I’ve told wild stories for years and years,” the author said. “But this is all new to me. It’s all for kids. I just love kids. I wanted to leave behind a legacy for my grandchildren.”
Hash said she has a Cherokee and Irish family history.
“It’s very special for me to be able to say I’m Cherokee Indian,” she said. “It makes me proud. Know your heritage. It should be very, very important to whoever you are. Take pride in it. Family heritage should be treasured no matter what.”
Hash’s book can be purchased at Amazon.com