MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - A Mid-South woman wants everyone, everywhere to know about Mississippi. She’s written a children’s book adapted from her poem, “Meet My Mississippi”, which has little known history facts about the Magnolia State. It’s local good news.
William Faulkner’s sanctuary, Eudora Welty’s home state, Elvis Presley’s birthplace, the bulk of the Natchez Trace; Choctaw Nation native land, rolling hills of the Chickasaw band, sprawling beaches along the Gulf Coast Shore, one Blues man’s crossroads and inspiration for more; like B.B and Howlin’ Wolf: that’s Patricia Neely-Dorsey’s Mississippi.
In her children’s book, “Meet My Mississippi”, Neely-Dorsey says the book is a wonderful way to share love and knowledge of Mississippi across generations.
"I just want our children and the people of Mississippi to be proud of who we are and proud of where we came from,” said the Mid-South Poet and Author.
The book showcases some of the best that Mississippi has to offer in a kid-friendly format. There’s farm-raised catfish, Delta tamales, seafood galore, and a warm front porch welcomes with a wide-open door. There’s creative muse for Barq’s, Stetson, Peavey, Viking, and Henson’s famous green frog.
"They don't know Pine-Sol was invented in Mississippi and that the Muppets were created in Mississippi or Coca Cola was first bottled in Mississippi,” said Dorsey.
And that’s why she wrote the book. Dorsey says the reader can explore Mississippi landmarks and legends through poetic verse and put a positive light on a state that gets a bad rap.
"There is an educational value to this, and it will be something to equip our children to just love our state and stay in our state,” said Dorsey.
It’s local good news.