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Bucks County teacher Debbie Rovin Murphy will sign her children’s book in Lahaska


Debbie Rovin Murphy, an elementary school teacher in the Council Rock School District for more than 25 years, has written “Jackie and the Mona Lisa,” an account of how the 35th first lady helped bring one of the most famous paintings in the world to American shores.

Murphy will be at the Lahaska Bookshop at noon Saturday, July 16, for a signing of the book, illustrated by Jen Bricking and published by Sleeping Bear Press.

Jackie Kennedy captured the hearts and minds of Americans when she became first lady. From the clothes she wore to the food she ate, the nation was enamored with her every move.

Mrs. Kennedy wanted to use this attention to foster art appreciation among the American people. She filled the White House with art of all kinds, designed its historical guidebook, and even had it officially declared a museum. But she was determined to do more.

The first lady wanted Americans to experience the arts in person and knew one painting was guaranteed to draw crowds — Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa.”

The Lahaska Bookshop is located in Peddler’s Village.