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New Children’s Book Release

My 14th children’s book, Animal Homes, has just been published. It takes a look at the homes of creatures large and small — where they are built, what they are made of, how they are constructed and the ways in which they suit the needs of the animals that inhabit them. From the lodge of a beaver to the bubble home of a young spittlebug, children 4 – 8+ can compare their home with those of others. Copies may be ordered online and in independent bookstores. (For those who follow my family, Sadie, Otis and Lily Piper are featured in their home on the last page!)

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11 responses

  1. Stein


    January 20, 2021 at 10:33 am

  2. Alice

    That’s so awesome, Mary! Congratulations. You are a very busy woman. Fun for Otis & Lily Piper to see their home in your book. Those look like two Red-bellied…the one in the tree is a youngster? I’ve only seen a male here, on the beef suet & sometimes on the seed feeder suction cupped to the kitchen sink window. I love the sound he makes & ‘talk’ with him.

    January 20, 2021 at 10:42 am

  3. Alice

    I didn’t write that correctly 🤭 left one is a female, in the tree is a male?

    January 20, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    • Hi Alice,
      Yes, the red-belly on the left is a female, the one in the tree is the male! Like most woodpecker species, they share the care of their young.

      January 20, 2021 at 4:45 pm

  4. Congratulations, Mary!!

    January 20, 2021 at 1:05 pm

  5. Margaret Badger

    Can you indicate what age group each of your children’s books are intended for? Thanks, Margaret

    January 20, 2021 at 3:00 pm

  6. Harriette Griffin

    You are just plain AWESOME. Not only do you post us these short little tidbits of fascinating life out there, but you have written all of these books for us to show our children. Thank you!

    January 20, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    • You are so very welcome, Harriette! Thank you for showing your children!

      January 21, 2021 at 5:42 pm

  7. Deborah Luquer

    Even more good news.

    January 21, 2021 at 8:17 am

  8. Barbara Deal

    Hi Mary, I emailed you a while back. I have not received my CN 2021 calendar. Could you please check it out? I will check my check register. Thanks! Barbara Deal 802 453-2558

    Sent from my iPad


    January 21, 2021 at 10:43 am

    • Hi Barbara,
      I am so sorry. Please email me at and I will special order you one right away. Please include your address. Many thanks. Mary

      January 21, 2021 at 5:44 pm

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