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Local author publishes children’s book about Lake Tahoe

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Jess Bechtelheimer created paintings for “Gertrude’s Tahoe Adventures in Time,” capturing the magic of Lake Tahoe.
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“Gertrude’s Tahoe Adventures in Time,” a children’s book about the natural history of Lake Tahoe, was recently published.

With colorful and dramatic illustrations, the book tells the story of Gertrude, a Tahoe girl who meets a magic maiden. The maiden takes her on a fast-motion adventure through Lake Tahoe’s history. They watch glaciers march, volcanoes erupt and exotic animals graze while becoming forever friends.

Gertrude is authored by long-time Tahoe resident Tim Hauserman, who wrote “Tahoe Rim Trail: The official guide for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians,” “Monsters in the Woods: Backpacking with Children” and “Cross-country skiing in the Sierra Nevada.”

Gertrude is illustrated by Jess Bechtelheimer, who worked hundreds of hours to create the paintings, which are the backdrop for the book.

“When I first saw the paintings, tears came to my eyes,” said Hauserman. “I felt so lucky she joined me in the project. The goal for the book is to give both children and adults a fun and accessible introduction to how Tahoe became the unbelievable place it is today.”

Bechtelheimer noted,“We found a way to celebrate and playfully immortalize this place that we love — for those who call it home and for those of us who can’t always be here and instead dream of Tahoe from afar.”

Hauserman and Bechtelheimer will be available to sign copies of Gertrude on:

Aug. 13, 6 p.m., Bookshelf in Truckee

Aug.14, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Grassroots Books in Reno

Truckee Thursdays, 4-6 p..m, downtown Truckee

Aug. 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Ruffles and Ruffnecks in Tahoe City

Aug. 16, 3-4:30 p.m., Sundance Books in Reno

It is available for purchase at The Bookshelf in Truckee; Ruffles and Ruffnecks, The Store and The North Lake Tahoe Visitor Center in Tahoe City; Tahoe Mountain Sports in Kings Beach; Sundance Books and Grass Roots Books in Reno, and online.


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