Rehab of local homes leads to children's book

Illustrator Delia Gresham, left, and author Anita Lael talk about the process of writing and illustrating the book via long-distance communications. Gresham lives in Springfield and was sent photos for designs for the patchwork quilt and book written about Lael’s historic preservation project.

Illustrator Delia Gresham, left, and author Anita Lael talk about the process of writing and illustrating the book via long-distance communications. Gresham lives in Springfield and was sent photos for designs for the patchwork quilt and book written about Lael’s historic preservation project. Photo by Julie Smith.

Once upon a time, a house became a home.

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The book, “The Little Brick House”, written by local author Anita Lael and illustrated by Delia Gresham, is displayed atop the quilt, also made by Gresham as an homage to the work done by Lael in remodeling her little brick house on Moreau Drive.

The true story of a deserted Moreau Drive bungalow rehabilitated and filled with a couple and their black labrador Libby is featured in “The Little Brick House,” a recently published children’s book.

Anita Lael, a professor at Lincoln University, and her husband, Steve, found the home in need of attention at the corner with Lee Street in February 2010.

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