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Jeff Lampe
Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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A Web log by Jeff Lampe of the Journal Star

Up North in Winter

January 20, 2010 at 11:07 AM

I am a sappy old sucker, of that there’s no doubt.

So it meant something last night when my first-grade son Victor told me he had a special book he wanted to read me. The book is called “Up North in Winter” by Deborah Hartley.Illinois hunting and fishing

It’s a sweet story with a funny twist about a grandpa and the things he taught his son. Kind of an old-school message but in a lighthearted, easy-to-read manner.

After Victor was done reading, I asked how he picked the book. “Well, really, Mrs. Jehle (the school librarian) said you would like this. Was she right?”

Yes. And I think this is one that would appeal to anyone who has spent time walking on a cold winter day, who appreciates nature, who has bills to pay that sometimes seem insurmountable or who enjoys seeing a youngster read.

So if you’re ever in the children’s section of the library searching for something other than a book on dinosaurs, trains or snakes, check out “Up North in Winter.”

I’m glad Victor did.



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