Illustrated children's book by local authors a popular choice

Dec 17 2010 - 6:05pm


Cover of "I Know That My Savior Loves Me."
Derena Bell
Tami Creamer
Simon Dewey
Painting by Simon Dewey
Cover of "I Know That My Savior Loves Me."
Derena Bell
Tami Creamer
Simon Dewey
Painting by Simon Dewey

A book illustrating a popular song performed all over the world by children in the Primary program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a hot item now in stores where LDS products are sold.

"I Know That My Savior Loves Me" (Covenant, $17.99), with an initial printing of 16,000 copies, has been moving quickly.

Syracuse resident and co- author Tami Jeppson Creamer said she was informed this week that all books in the warehouse had been distributed.

"It's gone pretty well," said the first-time author. The book was released in October, and "it will go for its second printing in February."

The song by the same title was included this year in the church's Primary program, performed by youngsters ages 3 to 11 this fall in every LDS ward where there is an active Primary.

"So many people love this song," Creamer said. "It has become very beloved."

The writer said she has received messages from people all over the globe as it has been performed this year. "It's been a fun experience."

Creamer said the song had its beginning a decade ago when she was living in Liberty.

She was asked to write a song for a Primary choir to perform in stake conference.

"I just love the account in third Nephi where Christ comes to the American continent," she said of a chapter in the Book of Mormon. "I based the song on that."

Creamer said she got partly done when she asked Derena A. Bell, who had written song lyrics before, to help with the second verse.

Bell currently lives in Bountiful.

When the song was performed, Creamer said, she received such positive feedback that she and Bell entered it in a church music competition, where it was selected as the winner.

The song appeared in a 2002 issue of the Children's Friend magazine.

When she learned that the song was part of this year's Primary program, Creamer said, she and Bell decided to turn it into a book.

That's when they asked artist Simon Dewey, who currently lives in Calgary, Canada, to illustrate the book.

"You can visualize the children in the American continent, but when you see them, it brings a spirit to it," Creamer said. "The artwork just adds a spirit to it that really is touching."

She said the two women feel fortunate to be able to work with Dewey, who she said is amazing and very gifted.

In addition to the art, the book features Book of Mormon scriptures backing each verse of the song.

The original music for the song is included in the back of the book.

Creamer said musicians have appreciated this feature.

"The church did condense it for ease in playing," she said. "The original includes a flute or violin obligato."

The two authors will be featured in book signings from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Salt Lake City Costco store, 1818 S. 300 West; 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Centerville Seagull Book and Tape store, 316 N. Market Place Drive No. C-100; and from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Clinton Seagull Book and Tape store, 1803 W. 1800 North, No. G2.

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