Dan Mault learned at an early age the importance of love over material things.
So when he began teaching third grade and realized the reading material provided for his classes wasn’t what he wanted, he decided to write his own.
Mault recently completed his first book, The Cost of Gold, based on his childhood and the love he received from his parents and an aunt and uncle.
He grew up in Pembroke in Genesee County, and when his parents divorced while he was young, an aunt and uncle offered to raise him.
“My aunt and uncle taught me the power of love when I was little, and I am very lucky to have been loved by them, my mom and my dad,” Mault said. “I want people to know one of my main reasons for writing this story was to help kids understand the power of love. I want kids to understand that things are just things, but at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is the love and support we receive from family and friends.”
Mault graduated from Genesee Community College and Buffalo State College. He got his first teaching job at Royalton-Hartland Elementary School 11 years ago.
As a teacher, it became evident to Mault that many of the stories provided for his third-grade students were either too low or too high for them. Three years ago, he met Kevin Blackley of Lockport, who had his own publishing company, and Mault started thinking about his own book.
The Cost of Gold tells the story of a family that is poor and the children have to help with the chores. They don’t have much, but in the distance they can see this beautiful, big castle and they dream about living there. Then the siblings meet a little girl named Maggie, who encounters a magic frog. The frog tells the children they can live in the castle and have all the riches they ever wanted, and no chores, as long as they give up their family. The children decide to do that, but soon miss their family.
Of course, the story ends happily when the children finally realize all the material things they wanted weren’t as important as the love of their family.
Illustrator Jessie Miller of Medina has hidden the magic frog on nearly every page of the book. Mault said his nieces, aged 5, 7 and 10 years, love to try and find the frog.
“She worked on it for two years,” Mault said of Miller's role in the book. “Every couple of months she would send me an illustration, and they were perfect.”
Copies of The Cost of Gold are available at www.edtech101.org, and at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
A book launch is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Live Edge Brewing Co. in Burt.
Mault will sign copies of his book between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 7 at Barnes and Noble next to Eastern Hills Mall.