Mom writes book for son about their shared experience
When her son Caleb graduated from Woodford County High School last
spring, Lauren Jacobs handed him a copy of “The Boy who lost his
colors,” a children’s book that she describes as “our story.”
The first-time author dedicated her book to all the mothers who advocate
tirelessly for their children because that’s what she did for Caleb. “He
was such a happy little boy,” who was excited about going to
kindergarten, she says of Caleb. Over time his excitement for school
began to fade as he struggled to learn how to read.
Jacobs didn’t fully understand her son’s frustration, but she knew “I’m
going to do whatever I can to help him.” So began their journey together
to discover how he learned differently than other children, she explains.
“When I realized that he learned differently,” Jacobs says, “I just
found all kinds of ways for us to teach him.” Eventually, having sent
him to six different schools, she home-schooled Caleb for a couple of
years because of her determination to uncover a learning style that fit
what he needed, she says.
“I never gave up. And if he struggled to learn something,” she says with
a laugh, “I would figure out a different way to teach it.” She says
made-up songs, for example, helped Caleb learn the names of states and
With help from a friend who specializes in Dyslexia, Jacobs slowly began
to understand why Caleb struggled as a reader and how he processed
language differently than other children.
Her tenacity and her son’s determination compelled Jacobs to write this
story about how she helped Caleb find his colors again.
“I just wanted him to hold this book and remember all that we had been
through together,” says Jacobs.
With plenty of time on her hands during the pandemic, she tried to
create illustrations for their story. And while she’s artsy in many
other ways, drawing is not her forte. So she needed an illustrator and
located Cindy Philippo, who lives in Norway.
“I just loved everything that she had done,” says Jacobs. She says a cat
in her fictional story looks exactly like their family cat.
Jacobs says she recently contacted WKYT-TV’s DeAnn Stephens to ask if
she’d do a story about her self-published book. That grew into a
scheduled Aug. 3 visit to Versailles, when Stephens plans to videotape
three “Out & About” segments, she continues.
One segment will focus on the cookie-decorating classes that Jacobs
teaches at Wildside Winery. Others will spotlight – what she describes
as “hidden gems” – Spark Community Cafe and its mission to feed families
facing food insecurity and Green Street Gifts & Antiques, which promotes
local craftspeople and artists.
“We like to support local,” says Green Street co-owner Patty Browning
when asked why copies of “The Boy who lost his colors” will be available
in the store’s book nook. She says welcoming a TV personality to town is
“wonderful for the store. It will be wonderful for Lauren. It will be
wonderful for Versailles.”
In an email, Stephens writes, “I’m excited to be coming to Versailles
for some ‘Out & About’ segments! When Lauren told me of her cookie
classes, I asked her about any other interesting people or places in
Versailles that I needed to check out! She had a long list for me!”