Former Chilliwack trainer publishes debut Christmas guide for youngsters

A former Chilliwack college trainer who wrote a Christmas story for his kids 30 years in the past revealed the story in a guide.

Gord Yakimow, 75, wrote Christmas lights of the Grod household in 1992, when his kids had been younger, and he learn it to them yearly at household Christmas gatherings. Lately, he additionally learn it to his grandchildren.

Inspired by his grown-up kids, he lastly betrayed her.

“The characters and occasions within the guide are loosely primarily based on my relations and household occasions … with loads of embellishment, humor and exaggeration,” mentioned Yakimow. “And there are a couple of extra tales able to be revealed in what I hope will in the future be referred to as The Grods sequence.

On this story, regardless of Papa Grod’s finest efforts, the Grod household’s Christmas lights all the time seemed “scruffy”, “hodge-podgey” and “tacky” in line with Mama Grod. However now, with a brand new, new set of high-quality Christmas lights in Mama Grod’s favourite colours and a prepared crew (three GrodKids), Papa Grod is assured that this yr’s household mild present would be the finest ever in Evergreen Valley. What can go fallacious?

The guide’s artwork advisor is Yakimow’s son John, who conceptualized the guide’s characters and did the preliminary illustrations earlier than handing over the designs to the ultimate illustrator.

Gord Yakimow was a senior English and artistic writing trainer at Chilliwack Secondary College. He chaired the organizing committee of the Chilliwack Younger Authors’ Convention, which introduced main Canadian writers to Chilliwack to work with college students within the city’s center and excessive faculties.

Since his retirement in 2007, Yakimow has been a broadly revealed writer of works on each journey and wildlife experiences. A few of his articles have appeared in Chilliwack Progress.

That is his first contact with kids’s literature.

Shall be at Coles on the Cottonwood Middle for a guide signing session on Saturday December third from 12pm to 2pm

Christmas lights of the Grod household is out there on-line by way of Amazon and Indigo, in hardcover, paperback and e-book editions.

It is usually accessible in bookstores throughout Canada, the US and the UK, together with Coles on the Cottonwood Centre. For extra data, go to

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