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Meet local author, illustrator at Book World

Book World of Janesville is excited to host  have a local author Jim Thompson and illustrator Rebecca Gavney Driscoll from 1-3PM on Saturday, Nov. 25. The couple will present their book, “Peanut of Blind Faith Farm.” The book is the true story of a blind lamb born on their farm.

About the book

Peanut of Blind Faith FarmMeet Peanut, a tiny lamb born on our farm one summer.

Peanut was beautiful. She had dark brown wool, with a little curly halo of white on top of her head.

But Peanut was different than other lambs; she was born blind. She could not see her food or water or even her own mother. Often, it’s hard for farm animals with disabilities to survive since without help it can be very difficult for them to live productive lives.

We decided to give Peanut a chance. Thankfully, Peanut’s mom, “Sweetie Pie,” was a nurturing and protective mother who helped Peanut find her milk and so much more. But Peanut needed our help to learn how to lie down and find water in our big pasture. Once we put a jingle bell around Sweetie Pie’s neck, Peanut could always tell where her mother was just by listening.

With her keen sense of smell, she learned how to find the tallest grass. With her sharp hearing, she was able to hear when an apple fell from an apple tree and hurry to the spot where it landed for a tasty snack.

She sometimes had to endure the head-butts of some not-so-friendly sheep, but she learned how to become more confident and give a few little playful head-butts of her own.

This is the joyful and true story about how a lamb overcame a lot of hard challenges to become a happy and healthy member of her flock. And she also became the star of Blind Faith Farm.

About the author

Jim Thompson and his wife Laura live on a hobby farm in Jefferson County, Wisconsin. An Air Force veteran, Jim returned to Wisconsin in 1983, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in Zoology. He spent the next 20 years with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, mostly as a Lake Michigan Fisheries Technician.

Semi-retiring in 2007, he took up hobby farming. Not long after, he and Laura acquired five Shetland sheep as an experiment, to help keep the farm’s vegetation under control, with thoughts of also producing fine Shetland wool for Laura’s knitting and spinning hobbies. The flock of five soon turned to 15, including a tiny blind lamb named Peanut, who inspired Jim and Laura to name their property Blind Faith Farm.

The farm produces mostly Shetland wool, and Blind Faith’s fleeces have garnered numerous awards.

Jim has two children: Erika, a teacher in Homer, Alaska, and Michael, a biomedical technician at Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee. Aside from tending to farm chores his other pursuits include fishing but rarely catching, and admiring whitetail deer. The rest of his spare time is spent planning his next trip to Alaska, researching the perfect grilled halibut or salmon recipe, and just hanging out doing anything with Michael.