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February 2, 2007

Cowley instructor writes book


Jan Allison, an early childhood education instructor at Cowley College, recently had the second printing of her book “Abigail” go on sale at the Kansas Originals Market in Wilson, Kan.

Allison researched and wrote the book “Abigail” from 1993 to 1998. The story introduces Abigail Duncan and relates her view of events that affected her family during the Civil War and the following years as the family moved to Fort Dodge. The story is told in Abigail’s words and comes with a companion book of activities, recipes and songs.

Allison got the idea to write the book while working with three and four year old children at Wichita’s McConnell Air Force Base. She wrote the book to provide Kansas Day activities for her students. “They had nothing for Kansas Day, plus I wanted to share my love of history with the kids,” Allison said. “It was wonderful writing the book, I got caught up in it.”

Allison plans to make revisions to the book in the future, which will include adding more pictures, painted by Allison.

She is currently working on a sequel to “Abigail”, which tales of the history of the Comanche tribes and their fate in Kansas. The story is told from the Native American perspective of a character in the book “Abigail”, named Lone Wolf. The theme of the book is we all fear those we don’t understand.

“Abigail” can be purchased for $16.99 plus tax from: Kansas Originals Market, 233 Highway 232, Wilson, KS, 67490. For more information, check online at:, or call toll free (877) 457-6233.