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  • SubGenre:Friendship
  • Language:English
  • Series title:Tales of Spring Valley
  • Series Number:1
  • Pages:46
  • Format:Hardcover
  • eBook ISBN:9781667801476
  • Hardcover ISBN:9781667801469

Tales of Spring Valley: 'The Beginning'

by Sharon Lynn McGraw

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Four real-life animal friends can't wait to tell young readers their stories! Meet Pierre the 'Boss' cat, Roo the amazing cattle dog, Finnegan the kind, gentle pony, and Blackie a bouncy, brave young collie. These almost true, heartwarming short stories come with beautiful full-color illustrations and a map for easy reference. Tales of Spring valley is based on a real foothills cattle ranch.


Tales of Spring Valley: 'The Beginning' is book one of a two volume set exploring the ranching lifestyle, now rapidly disappearing from the world. The book introduces four animal friends: Pierre the 'Boss' cat, Roo the amazing cattle dog, Finnegan the kind, gentle pony, and Blackie a bouncy, brave young collie. Young readers will discover the roles each animal plays in the life of the ranch. The animals share their observations in 'almost true' short stories, with full-color illustrations to enhance the text. A full-page map guides readers as they follow the animals around the ranch and the valley. Quiet, gentle humor, adventure and traditional values are the framework for this collection. 

About the author

Sharon L. McGraw Bio: BFA, B.Ed.

Retired teacher. Alberta Artist 45 years:painter of children, animals, lansdscapes, portraits, life. Author-illustrator of chilldren's books.

How did I end up writing and illustrating books for children?

We rarely hear from the animals in books. Over the years as I dreamed of creating my own children's books, I began to plan how to answer these questions:"Have you ever wondered what animals think? What would they say if they could speak?"

I have also been intrigued with the idea of re-capturing first-time moments in childhood and combining that idea with my passion for poetry.

I was raised in a flower shop and spent weekends riding and showing an Anglo-Arab horse. Cats and dogs have also been a welcome part of my life. I married a mischievous cowboy and spent seventeen years as a ranch wife raising four kids and Black Angus cattle. My days were filled with hilarity and many memorable moments. Somehow, I found time to teach art and do my own paintings. A family move north to another rural location led me to teach public school Art and English in two small towns.

Now in my mid-sixties, the time for crafting my own illustrated books of stories and poetry for children has finally arrived. Currently three books are being worked on, with plans for others. In Tales of Spring Valley, we can finally discover what the animals are thinking. Through the light-hearted poetry collection, [poems and illustrations being finalized], we revisit many of childhood's first-time experiences. Teacher/parent resources are being developed for the poetry collections. A board book series is also in the works.

My life has been filled with much loved animals and amazing children.They have, and still do, provide a delightful source of inspiration for both writing and painting. 

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