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toy animal, lost, favorite toy,playing with cousins at Grandma and Grandpa's house, pet cat, Asian American adopted little boy

and Simba the Toy Lion
by Susan Kapanke

Nathaniel and his parents were visiting Grandpa and Grandma where he would play with other cousins and their toys. In all of the happiness and excitement of the day, Simba the Lion, and the little boy’s favorite toy, was lost. Nathaniel was sad and restless, but Aunt Susan assured her nephew that Simba had only gone on an adventure and would return to his beloved boy.

Susan Kapanke grew up in Bangor, Wisconsin, a small community in south central Wisconsin surrounded by the beauty of the hills and valleys of the Coulee Region. She graduated from Bangor High School and attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where she graduated in 1977 with degrees in English and speech education. She earned her Masters in English and education at the University of Wisconsin in 1985.

She taught high school English in Spring Grove, Minnesota, but in 1979, began teaching at Elkhorn High School where she taught English and speech classes for 32 years.

In 2005, she was asked to deliver the commencement address for the graduating seniors at Bangor High School.

She credits her parents for working so hard to help her achieve her dreams. Her brother David and sister-in-law Lynn were blessed by the Lord who brought Nate into all their lives and about whom this story revolves.


Susan Kapanke
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