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ALL ABOUT NUCLEAR ENERGY

By adriana_acosta
Jan. 19, 2012 at 7:03 a.m.
Updated Jan. 18, 2012 at 7:19 p.m.

Cherry Elementary kinder and first grade students spent Wednesday morning listening to author Amelia Frahm, read her book titled, “How a Nuclear Power Plant Really Works!” Her book tour has taken her to several schools in Matagorda County.

For Amelia Frahm, writing a children’s book about nuclear energy was something she’s always wanted to do.

“I knew there had to be an easier way to talk to children about nuclear power,” she said jokingly.

On Wednesday, Frahm spent the morning reading her book to children at Cherry Elementary in Bay City.

Her book titled, “How a Nuclear Power Plant Really Works!” has taken her to different schools in Matagorda County on her book tour.

The book is an educational and entertaining look of the way a nuclear power plant works from the perspective of a chubby white rat and pretty blue bird. Both characters blame everything they don’t understand about nuclear energy on a cat named Penelope.

She was the visitor center representative when she worked South Texas Nuclear Operating Company, and helped create a school program for elementary children to help them understand how nuclear energy worked

She would travel to different schools and talk about how the nuclear power plant and how STP differed from others.

Her job included giving tours of the power plant to visitors.

“I knew the terminology, but how do you explain that to a child?” she asked. “There had to be a more creative approach.”

And in December, she did just that.

Frahm said she researched to try to find out if there was another children’s book, teaching children about nuclear energy, but she found none.

“I discovered there was no children’s book like the concept that I wanted,” she said.

It’s a hard topic to convey, she said.

Reviews of the book have been positive, but says that organizations opposing nuclear power have opposed her book.

“This book is not about saying nuclear power is good or bad, the book is explaining how nuclear power works,” she said.

When the Fukashima Daiichi nuclear disaster happened in March 2011, Frahm was putting the finishing touches in her book and wondered if publishing it was a good idea.

“I honestly wondered if the book would be worth my time,” she said. “The nuclear industry was receptive, but the general public was not interested.”

And she moved forward.

Frahm said she has always wanted to write books that would educate and explain nuclear energy.

Now that she has written the book for elementary students, she said she hopes this will educate those that are not familiar with nuclear energy.

For more information about her publishing company go to, www.nutcrackerpublishing.com

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