Nate the Author

For a hyperlexic child with difficulties in comprehension, Nate has come up with some beautiful books. When he was very small, he made a series of original works on his Disney Artist CD-ROM. They were in, what I lovingly call, “Nate-speak.”

Here’s an excerpt from Disney’s The Water is Cool. A Golden Book” (Remember this is all by 7-year-old Nate, who had a pen-name, Mehu Glory).

“I’ll go swimming,” he scolded.

“I’ll go to the bathroom,” Motherdaisy said to Mickey.

Huey was at the doctor.

The bus driver was in the bus.

And so on. Each book was complete with publication information and end credits, and amply illustrated with scads of characters.

His writing is much better now. If you haven’t read his essay in the Cyber-Summer School post, do so now.

As a High School Senior, he was enrolled in a writing class and came out with gems. He had his own children’s book series Why It Is Fun To with subjects like “Go To School,” Ride in Your Car” and “Have an Imagination.”

But my favorite, the one that really shows Nate at his purest is The Frog Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything. Created on Microsoft Paint, which Nate has always manipulated with amazing dexterity and uses like Photoshop, The Frog…. is a beautiful story, as sweet and to the point as the author himself.

Here it is. 

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About Jeff Katz

Jeff Katz is Mayor of Cooperstown, the “Birthplace of Baseball” and home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. His latest book, Split Season:1981 - Fernandomania, the Bronx Zoo, and the Strike that Saved Baseball, (Thomas Dunne Books, 2015), received national attention, with coverage appearing in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Sporting News and NPR’s Only a Game, among others. Katz appeared on ESPN’s Olbermann and The Sporting Life with Jeremy Schaap and MLB Network’s MLB Now, with Brian Kenny. Split Season: 1981 was a finalist for the 2016 Casey Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year.
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2 Responses to Nate the Author

  1. lisa coleman says:

    i came across your blog. this is fabulous. your son is quite talented.

  2. gr82chat says:

    My son is way behind Nate in language. His comprehension issues are massive. His mathematics has always been above year level. Sadly language is in every subject. 😦

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