The merriment of Christmas has just barely come to an end when something unexpected happens to Mr. Mouse's special hiding place! So now he must find a new place to live. His sudden discovery may turn out to be the perfect house for Mr. Mouse - but perhaps not...
This charming story, beautifully illustrated with watercolor paintings at almost every turn of the page, cries out to be read aloud to children of all ages - by children of all ages!
Lavender Hill Farm
Chickie Mae, Marcel the Very Special French Duck, Madam Goose - and these are just the beginning! Along the way this impossible trio is joined by Lavender Lovey, Dooley the Dog, and the handsome and charming Pig. In fact, it will take a whole barnyard full of whimsical characters to round out the citizens of never-failing-to-entertain LAVENDER HILL FARM.
If ever there was a more eccentric place than this, it could only have been Dorothy's Oz, where it took Wicked Witches, Tin Men, and Wizards to serve up the kind of mayhem, fun, and pure hilarity that Lavender Hill Farm citizens turn out day after day, page after page.
and Some Books . . .
From Chickie Mae, a chicken who does NOT like olives, to Boo, a camel disguised as a peacock, my stories enchant children of all ages. I love to place my characters (usually animals) in unlikely situations just to see what happens. My series of stories from Lavender Hill Farm includes ducks, geese, chickens, horses, cows, dogs, a cat, a pig who no longer lives there and some rather rude turnips. I have a lot of stand alone stories as well, and, given enough lead time, can craft or adapt stories for your situation.
I've told stories for children in schools, churches, nature centers, zoos, libraries and private parties.
Original Stories for Children . . .
. . . and Adults
My personal stories for adults explore themes common to us all - love, loss, friendship, family, fear, joy, identity. The stories tend to be funny and poignant, a combination enhanced by my subtle delivery. Among others are:
"Springtime in Michigan", all about tornadoes and fear;
"The Bracelet", an intergenerational evocation of young love during the 1970s and the 1940s;
"The Guilt Cat", who survives and survives in the way only cats can.
I have been a featured teller at the Northlands Storytelling Convention, the Lansing Storytellers Tellabration, and the Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild Tellabration; and I have told for clubs and service and social organizations.