Teddy the Ghost Dog of Red Rocks

Teddy, the Ghost Dog of Red Rocks

by Jerilynn Henrikson


Teddy, the William Allen White family’s fox terrier died in 1923. In this mix of history and imagination, the author uses Teddy’s ghost to tell his version of the family history. Family members, neighbors, and state historical society employees have experienced Teddy’s “presence” at Red Rocks to this day.

Using WAW’s own writings and historical accounts of his life, the author has created an engaging tale by filling in the blanks with her own knowledge of canine behavior and familiarity with the community of Emporia.

Teddy, the Ghost Dog of Red Rocks is amusing, engaging, and historically relevant!


Teddy is a Delight – “If you are like me, you might shy away from ghost stories because… well, they are spooky. Since this story falls under the category of historical fiction (and is also written with the upper elementary grades in mind), I thought I might be safe. I was correct. Teddy was a delight to read. I appreciated the photographs and the history of the William Allen White family. I think it is a story that would encourage children to dig a little deeper, perhaps by visiting the historic Red Rocks home in Emporia, Kansas, or by reading more about the members of the White family or even Teddy Roosevelt, whom Teddy the dog was named after. This book is a little more serious than the authors previous works, but I would highly recomend it. Jerilynn Henrikson writes with a voice that appeals to the young reader. And I am evidence that she appeals to older readers, as well.” – G.R.

“Much has been written about that famous Kansan William Allen White, but now Jerilynn Henrikson enables Teddy, the White’s family dog, to have his say. Blending fact with fiction and whimsy with humor, Teddy, the Ghost Dog of Red Rocks teaches while it entertains.” -Beverley Olson Buller, author of A Prairie Peter Pan and From Emporia.

“Finally! The ghost dog can tell us what really went on in Red Rocks, home of William Allen White! Jerilyn Henrikson has once again worked her imaginative magic in a well-researched book incorporating actual factual situations told from the point of view of the family’s beloved fox terrier [about the] events in the busy household of Emporia’s nationally respected newspaper editor.” -Jan Huston

“Great blend of history and imagination that will capture your child’s interest to the end. A story of a dog who loved his family so much that he still watches over their home in Emporia, Kansas to this day.” -Mary Beth

Great kids book – about the history of William Allen White. Annoymous

Prized gifts Because the grandparents of these recipients have roots in Emporia and I am going to insert a little history story inside the cover, I am sure these will be prized gifts within this very well-written story. – SM

A great read for young and old! – How can a history lesson be so fun and entertaining? Loved the way the author weaves in William Allen White’s own writings and historical happenings of his life as seen thru the eyes of “Teddy”. Teddy brings all the fabulous history of “Red Rock” to life. This is a must read for young and old! A very special book!! – PG

Fun yet thoughtful read – Teddy was a fox terrier dog belonging to the William Allen White family of Emporia, Kansas.  He was named after White’s great friend and political ally, President Teddy Roosevelt.  Teddy the dog remains a presence in the White  home, Red Rocks. Family members, neighbors, historical society docents, and visitors have experienced Teddy’s presence.  In this story, Teddy gives a dog’s eye view of the history Will and Sallie White and their children, Mary and Bill.  The story would appeal to upper elementary, young adults, or anyone who wants a fun yet thoughtful read about this family and this time in history. – Anonymous

mcphail-jaJerilynn Henrikson is a retired English teacher, current grandma, and a native of Emporia, Kansas, which hugs the rolling Flint Hills of east central Kansas. She loves traveling with hubby, Duane, tending her garden, cuddling her corgi, cooking for grand kids, and writing stories. After retiring from teaching, her passion for reading, writing, and telling stories resulted in spending more time writing tales based on observations of kids, animals, family, … life in general. Her writing is flavored by a love of nature and her sense of fun. She is inspired by what lies beyond the present, into the past and future. Teddy, the Ghost Dog of Red Rocks is her fifth book for youngsters. Visit the author’s website, Tales from the Prairie Patch Works! www.prairiepatchwork.com

ISBN: 978-1-939054-23-4 (hardcover); 978-1-939054-24-1 (softcover)

Binding: Cloth with Dust Jacket (hardcover); Perfect bind (softcover)

Trim Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″

Pages: 72

Audience: Most appropriate for upper elementary, junior high, senior high, YA, and all ages interested in the William Allen White family history.

Artwork: Black and white photographs plus illustrations appear throughout the book.

Educational: Author’s Notes, Discussion Questions, and Language Arts Upper Elementary Common Core State Standards are included.

Featured in October 2014 Kansas Country Living Magazine!

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