This book, hand lettered and filled with beautiful watercolor paintings was hidden away in an attic for over 40 years. The story of HOW the book came to be published is amazing, and the story of Chewy the Woodchuck is endearing — your kids will love it!
My Grandson loved the story ! I loved what was behind the story and how it got published and it also encourages your child to maybe write there own story in the back of the book ! – Donna Hampstead NC Amazon Review
Chewy the Woodchuck:
Based on a true story seen by the the author in 1957
The story of Chewy the Woodchuck began back in 1957. A ground hog and our family dog had forged a contentiously playful relationship in a field near the home of artist Joan B. Vinal, and she was inspired to develop the story in words and art to entertain her kids as a bedtime story. Her kids loved the story, but then they grew up and the book was put aside.
Forty years later, the book, with its original watercolor drawings and hand lettering, was discovered tucked away in an attic box by Joan’s son Pete. Peter collected the yellowing paper and rusty staples and knew his mom’s health was failing, so he took these old pages and water colors and reformatted it, digitized it, re illustrated some and got it published and gave it to her before she passed.
She cried, which was the first time Peter saw her cry. He promised to get it out to all the kids to read and he put some blank pages in the back of the book so kids can be inspired and start writing their own book.
A second grade teacher read Chewy the Woodchuck to her 30 students. They all wrote a short story … which she packaged up and sent to the author! Here are two of them. You can see more on Peter’s Author Page along with a photo of his mother and a trailer video!