What would you do if you could travel back in time in your favorite city? Kansas City is a gem in the Heart of America! And to understand why it’s such a great city, one should learn about the events and people behind its rich and remarkable history. So, what about a time travel adventure to explore Kansas City’s history as it happened? And who better to be our guide on this fascinating journey than Kansas City’s Mayor Sly James. Presenting the wonderfully illustrated adventure, Mayor Sly and the Magic Bow Tie for your bookshelves! When it comes to all things Kansas City, there is no one better to take you on this adventure than Kansas City’s Mayor Sly James. Since he grew up in Kansas City and is now its mayor, Sly knows the city better than anyone. Mayor Sly will take the reader on an adventure back in time, through the magic of his trademark bow tie. You will visit some of his favorite locations and landmarks, with a first person preview of key events in Kansas City’s exciting history. At each time-travel stop, you’ll learn about Kansas City’s past and meet some of the influential leaders who made a lasting impact on the city and the region. In addition to the tale of the Mayor’s time travels, the book includes a special section called All Things Kansas City. This special section revisits the book’s people and places in detail. The educational and fun-fact packed section also offers other interesting facts and stories from Kansas City history. Mayor Sly and the Magic Bow Tie is a fun and surprising adventure for young readers. Intended to educate and inspire younger readers,it is also a good resource for older children. It’s the perfect book for children and parents to read together, share in the adventure, and then go explore the fascinating city of Kansas City.
About the Author
Kansas City Mayor Sly James was born and raised in Kansas City. He learned valuable lessons about resiliency and dedication watching his parents work hard to take care of their family. This up-bringing laid the foundation for Mayor Sly s commitment to education and ensuring every child receives a high-quality education, regardless of where they live or their socio-economic background. Mayor Sly James attended Bishop Hogan High School in Kansas City and later served as a military police officer during the Vietnam War. He graduated from Rockhurst College and earned his law degree from the University of Minnesota. Prior to his election in 2011, Mayor Sly James enjoyed a successful legal career which spanned nearly three decades. Mayor James has four children and two grandchildren. Having grown up in the heart of downtown, Aja James has Kansas City in her blood. While she enjoys traveling there has always been something pulling her back to her hometown. She was raised by one of Kansas City s biggest fans (Mayor Sly James!), who taught her all about her hometown. She also learned that with each new day there was always more to learn and explore! Throughout middle and high school Aja focused on multiple mediums of art and creative works, many of which were Kansas City focused and inspired. Aja attended the University of Kansas to study business marketing and has since found her passion in health and fitness and aims to help Kansas City be a more fit and healthy city. Family is a huge part of Aja s life and a main inspiration for this story. Audrey Masoner is a proud Kansas City area resident. As a graduate of Rockhurst University, she found a love for everything that Kansas City has to offer and the history behind the wonderful city. She is actively involved in the business community and is currently working to bring a better healthcare experience to patients in the KC community. Audrey believes that knowledge of the past is fundamental in order to pave the way for the future. Illustrator Rob Peters is also a cartoonist and designer. He has a degree in Visual Communications from Judson College in Elgin, Ill., and has worked as a cover artist, designer and freelance artist. He has designed logos, book covers and illustrated dozens of children s books, including Go Cubs Go! Baseball s Never Give Up Story. He lives with his wife and family in Topeka, Kansas.