Dolly Parton, a 77-year-old country music legend who currently has a reported net worth of $650 million, was brought up in a large family in rural Tennessee. She has penned the children’s book ‘Billy the Kid Makes It Big’, which is partly inspired by her childhood.
While talking to PEOPLE, she said: “This little book, ‘Billy the Kid Makes It Big’, it’s really about what I’m about too. Music and a positive attitude, and it’s about standing up to bullies and just having the confidence that you can do what you dream about doing, if you just keep on going and doing it. So it just seemed Billy was a perfect little voice piece for us to have great messages for kids, because kids relate to animals, as you know. We were a very poor, big family, and we didn’t have good clothes and all the stuff like that. So we got bullied.
“I got started doing this because of my own father. We’re very country people, living out in the woods as so many families are, very poor and they have to work in the fields and everybody has to do their part to make it. My dad was from a huge family too, 13 or 14 kids. He never got a chance to go to school. And Daddy was so smart and so hardworking, was a good daddy, but he couldn’t read and write and that troubled him. And so, I got the idea that I wanted to do something for my dad.”
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