• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Mom writes book for son about their shared experience


LAUREN JACOBS wrote and self-published a book about her tenacity and her son Caleb’s determination to “find his colors again.” While Jacobs did not have fairy wings and a magic wand like the fictional mother did in “The Boy who lost his colors,” she did use “all the tricks she could find to teach her little boy.” (Photo by Bob Vlach)
LAUREN JACOBS wrote and self-published a book about her tenacity and her son Caleb’s determination to “find his colors again.” While Jacobs did not have fairy wings and a magic wand like the fictional mother did in “The Boy who lost his colors,” she did use “all the tricks she could find to teach her little boy.” (Photo by Bob Vlach)

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

countries.

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!”


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