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Bismarck’s grandmother and granddaughter co-author new book, ‘Inside a Snowflake’


BISMARCK, ND (KFYR) — While we may complain about North Dakota winters, they can be gorgeous.

Big snowflakes and frosty trees can turn the world into a winter wonderland.

For a Bismarck grandmother and her granddaughter, that was enough to inspire a new children’s book, called “Inside a Snowflake.”

While that alone is good news, there’s more. “Inside a Snowflake” has an important message for children and adults.

Maria Skjerseth likes to read. She also likes to write. And then there is winter: she likes it too.

“It’s my second favorite season,” seven-year-old Skjerseth said. “I can dance and catch snowflakes on my tongue.”

It was a moment like this almost two years ago when her grandmother took a picture.

“It was like a scene from a Hallmark movie, and we stopped to take pictures by a beautiful frost-covered tree,” recalls her grandmother, Mary Tello-Pool.

It was then that Skjerseth asked his grandmother a question.

“I asked Mimi, ‘What does the inside of a snowflake look like?’ “, did she say.

Mimi told him to close his eyes and use his imagination.

“She started telling me what she saw from inside the snowflake,” Tello-Pool said.

“He looks brilliant and awesome,” Skjerseth said.

That was all it took to inspire this grandmother and granddaughter to write a book called “Inside a Snowflake.” It’s the story of a young girl, around Skjerseth’s age, who goes on a whimsical ride through a winter wonderland. Along the way, she learns an important lesson.

“Each one is unique and special,” reads Skjerseth in the book.

It’s his favorite part of the book.

“They’re all different,” she continued.

“I was excited and proud to put this in the book,” Tello-Pool said.

“He speaks of a good message. That everyone is different,” Skjerseth said.

A message guaranteed to melt hearts on even the coldest, snowiest winter day.

You can buy a copy of “Inside a Snowflake” on Amazon. The book will also soon be available at local bookstores.

This isn’t the only book this grandmother-granddaughter duo has written. They now have two more from their publisher: “Freckles, Freckles Everywhere” and “A Kiss in My Pocket” will be out soon.

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