Walpole girl gets her story published

WALPOLE GIRL GETS STORY PUBLISHED: Rayna Taliano, 10, of Walpole, didn’t have a dog and wasn’t traumatized by moving into a new house. But in her young writer’s imagination, she created that scenario and penned the story “Faithful,’’ which has been published in Hutch magazine, put out by Blue Bunny Bookstore in Dedham.

“I was thinking about getting a dog at the time, and I thought if I wrote a story about it, maybe I’d finally get my work published somewhere,’’ said Rayna, a fourth-grader at Kehillah Schechter Academy in Norwood. “It seemed like a good place to submit to, especially if a children’s author is running the show.’’

The magazine is put out by children’s book illustrator and Blue Bunny owner Peter H. Reynolds.


Rayna was thrilled to see her words in print, and said she thinks her work “is a good story, and that’s probably because my feelings were put into it. It’s a persuasive story to me, I think.’’

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The story, less than 250 words long, is about a child upset over her family’s plan to move. She is crying under an oak tree when she is nudged by a yellow lab puppy, which makes the child smile. She moves - with the puppy - and, the story says, “I was like an explorer with my sidekick, a firefighter with my assistant.’’

Her favorite read is Louise Fitzhugh’s “Harriet the Spy,’’ and besides reading, she counts as her hobbies collecting rocks and minerals, basketball, and performing in theater, with past shows including “Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat,’’ “Peter Pan,’’ and “Suessical.’’

The young author, who wants to be a writer someday, said: “My next story is not yet complete, but will be soon. I also hope to find other magazines or newspapers where I can submit my writing.’’

Hutch publishes work by students in grades 1 through5. For submission information, visit


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