ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Patrick “Packy” Mader grew up with six brothers and sisters on a dairy farm near St. Bonifacius, Minnesota. He attended college in Bismarck, North Dakota and later graduated with a degree in elementary education from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin.
Following graduation, Packy worked in both the education and business fields. He spent summers in Minnesota working on area farms, as a materials handler for Tonka Toys, and teaching at a Carver County school for mentally challenged adults.
He is currently a teacher at Morristown Elementary in south central Minnesota, and resides in Northfield, Minnesota, with his wife, Karen, and two children, Karl and Ellen.
Relating positive messages with a rural setting is Packy's primary aim in his multigenerational books. Opa & Oma Together was published in October 2005 and reprinted in 2006 and again in 2008. It received one of only seven Honorable Mention Awards in the Children’s Picture Books category of the Writer’s Digest’s Self-Published Book Awards.
Oma Finds a Miracle was launched in 2007 and received notable endorsements from Douglas Wood, author of Old Turtle, and Dr. David Walsh, founder and president of National Institute on Media and Family.
Big Brother Has Wheels received a bronze medal at the 2010 Independent Publishers Awards ceremony. The playful book continues the celebration of heartwarming, inspirational, and intergenerational stories with rural traditions.
Packy was proud to receive a glowing endorsement from Tom Hegg, author of the highly acclaimed A Cup of Christmas Tea, for his own Christmas book, Visiting the Visitors. In this tender story, three children and their grandparents take a peaceful, wintry journey to thank the visitors of centuries ago for their historic and holy visit.
Packy and Karen enjoy outdoor family activities, reading, and traveling. Karl is a graduate of Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, where he achieved All-American honors as part of a track relay team. Ellen is a student at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota.
Opa and Oma gave their seven children the gifts of roots and wings. Packy and Karen hope that they may pass these same wonderful gifts to Karl and Ellen. And they hope you, too, may pass on your own wonderful gifts.
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