January 19, 2013

Preteen rulebook authors appear on NBC's 'Today'

The two Sacramento-area girls who wrote a now- famous book of 158 rules to live by appeared on NBC's "Today" show Friday morning with the Walmart employee who found their lost book.

Cousins Isabelle Busath, 10, and Isabella Thordsen, 8, made their national TV debut with 20-year-old Raymond Flores, the Citrus Heights courtesy clerk who contacted local media after noticing the notebook of rules for children while he was pushing carts in a Walmart parking lot last week.

Isabella told co-host Matt Lauer her favorite rules from the book are "Don't bite the dentist" and "No texting while you're driving."

"Don't underestimate the power of cart pushers," Flores told Lauer.

The little red book of 158 rules such as "Don't color on people" and "Eat the food you get served" spread via the Internet and captured international audiences.

Isabelle and Isabella wrote the book over the course of two weeks because they wanted to remember lessons and teach classmates in school to follow the rules, Flores said.

Isabella attends Robla Elementary School, her great-grandmother Eleanor Tatarakis said.

Tatarakis, 81, who lives in Sacramento, said she watched her great-granddaughter on "Today" and has followed the girls' appearances in local media.

"Isn't it something?" she said.

– Dan Hill

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