Mary Jennifer Cook was always very bright, smiling & inquisitive. She was very small-boned & tiny. And because Mighty Mouse was a popular cartoon at the time, the name Mighty (spelled & pronounced Mit-ee) sruck with her for her first two years. She was usually at the center of one of the never-ending battles between her two brothers & herself, but most of the time their battles seemed to end up in with all three laughing.
Mary learned her alphabet at age one, began linking phonetic pictures & objests at 18 months, read at age three & by the entered Kindergarten at American School of Paris, she read at a fifth grade level. Her Kindergarten teachers were so astonished they went to her brother's classrooms & asked them if they knew their sister could read. They just said, "Sure our Mom taught her."
She drowned in Lake Proctor near Comanche, Texas just a few months before her 6th birthday. All of her little book were taken to her classroom & left there, dedicated to her current & future classmates. It's nice to think that wherever kids are struggling to read, Mary's spirit is with them, helping out with her sweet smile & bright mind.