Mt. Pleasant native authors more children's books
By A.J. Panian
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
She's a native of Mt. Pleasant, a resident of the South American country of Bolivia, a Christian missionary and, most notably, a published author of children's literature.
Now Peggy Cunningham is back with a new series of books entitled “Really Rare Rabbits,” and she recently donated copies of the first two books of the series to the borough's public library on South Church Street.
“We'll be adding them to our collection as soon as they are cataloged, and we really appreciate her keeping us up to date on her work,” said Mary Lou Shick, the library's director, of Cunningham and her offering.
Cunningham last visited Mt. Pleasant and the library in 2010 with her husband, Chuck, a fellow Christian missionary, to sign copies of her previously published, four-part series of children's books titled “Pegtales from Rumi Rancho.”
In 1980, the Cunninghams moved to Bolivia to live as Christian missionaries.
The couple took Spanish language classes and, today, they operate Rumi Rancho Ministries from their home in Cochabamba, high in the Andes Mountains.
They also have established a second church in the region's urban area.
Their mission is to reach the Quechua people, particularly young children, on a spiritual level, and to also teach them practical skills.
In conjunction with that effort, each of Cunningham's books details a different aspect of childhood experiences and relates each of them to the teachings of Jesus Christ.
The “Really Rare Rabbits” series is based on historical and cultural facts about the area where Cunningham lives, she said.
The newest books, by title, are as follows:
• Really Rare Rabbits — Book 1: Giant Ghost Rabbits Guarding the Inca Treasure Fires (released February 2013)
• Really Rare Rabbits — Book 2: Giant Green Ghosts and the Secret at Peppermint Pass (released August 2013)
• Really Rare Rabbits — Book 3: Giant Ghost Geese and the Winding Wall (to be released in December 2013).
The books all have a spiritual message based on Biblical principles, Cunningham said.
“The rabbits, Chi Chi and Fi Fi, are fictional giant rabbits that evolved on my computer after hearing about the real-life, over-sized rabbits that actually live on the mountain behind my house,” she said.
In the progression of the series of books, the rabbits first hear about Jesus when they venture down their mountain and peer into the missionaries' windows, Cunningham said.
Next, they set out on a dangerous journey to meet their grandfather. On their way, Chi Chi and Fi Fi encounter green giants, giant geese, and other animals — some quite strange looking — but they become aware that God protects and guides them at all times.
“I hope my Really Rare Rabbits series will entertain children through the adventures of the adorable rabbits and also educate them about other parts of the world,” Cunningham said. “And, of course, I hope the stories will impart spiritual truths into their young and tender hearts.”
Shick said she has fond memories of the Cunninghams' last visit home and that she likes to capitalize on any chance to showcase local talent or that which is of local origin on display abroad.
“All my recollections of Peggy are positive,” Shick said. “There's so much talent in this area, and we love to showcase it all.”
The “Really Rare Rabbits” series is available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Book Depository and through local booksellers.
More information can be found online at www.peggycunningham.com.
A.J. Panian is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-547-5722 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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