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Parkersburg man pens Christmas book inspired by childhood pal


The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

PARKERSBURG, W.Va.  — Walter Pavlo had a seat and began to talk about his new children’s Christmas book, “A Christmas Eve Bedtime Story.” It’s the story of a how a shy moose, who wants to be one of Santa’s reindeer, helps rescue Santa’s sleigh with his brain more than his brawn.

Walter Pavlo, of Parkersburg, sits with a copy of his new book, “A Christmas Eve Bedtime Story.” The 32-page children’s book tells the story of how a moose, who wants to be a reindeer, helps to save Christmas with intelligence rather than brawn.
(News and Sentinel photo by Jeff Baughan)

The main character, the shy moose and known simply as “Mr. Moose,” is not a made-up character from Pavlo. No, try a first grade friend, Charles Wills, known “more for his kindness and intelligence rather than the fact he was a head taller than anyone in first grade.”

Pavlo said he began first grade in 1947 at Sacred Heart Grade School in Savannah, Ga. There he met Wills, “who helped me walk into the classroom the first day of school,” he said.

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