Native Topekan Returns Home To Share His Children's Book

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- A native Topekan came back home to share copies of the book he created and wrote himself.

Sam Carkhuff, born and raised in Topeka, came to the Fairlawn Plaza Mall outside Dickerson's Antique store.

He signed copies of his children's book, The Ranch Race, for people passing through the mall and his supporters.

The idea for The Ranch Race came after he worked at a summer camp for kids in Colorado. He had told the story a million times around the campfire, so he decided to put it onto paper.

The book features a character after his own dog, as well as a slew of other ranch animals who embark on a race, while making friends and helping one another along the way.

Sam said writing and sharing his book has been a fun experience.

"I wrote it with the idea that it'd be fun for kids and parents," Sam said. "I enjoy reading it to my godsons, so I like it. It's just a lot of fun."

Sam said he hopes to do another book signing in the summer. Next September he'll be at the Kansas Book Fair with plenty of copies of The Ranch Race.


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