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UTPB professor's children's book educates kids on oil and gas industry

UTPB professor’s new book educates kids on oil and gas industry

A professor at the University of Texas Permian Basin (UTPB) recently published her first children’s book, Randy Rattlesnake, which aims to edcuate young readers on West Texas’ top industry: oil and gas.

In her new book, Dr. Tara Wilson, a faculty member at the UTPB College of Education, introduces young readers to energy exploration and the vast diversity of careers within the industry using a West Texas backdrop and a friendly rattlesnake named Randy, according to UTPB.

Randy Rattlesnake is a landowner in West Texas faced with a big decision when an oil company expresses interest in drilling on his land. That setting helps shine a light on an industry and region that supplies energy and products that are critical to quality of life across West Texas, the nation and world.

At a recent book signing, Dr. Wilson told DRB Media Communications that she wanted to present the information in a way young children can understand it. Some of the book’s initial readers describe the story of Randy Rattlesnake as fun and educational.

“We really enjoyed getting to meet the characters, there is a lot of West Texas embedded throughout the book,” Jennifer Salazar, who attended the book signing with her children, told DRB Media Communications. “It explains to the kiddos how the oil field works, some of the processes and working with the families and the landowners.”

The book is available on Amazon, Kendall Hunt Publishing’s website and coming soon to Barnes and Noble, according to UTPB.

Find this story in audio for blind and low-vision adults 2 pm daily on The Recording Library of West Texas radio station www.recordinglibrary.org live stream.