when niki (critterstory author) was 7 years old she wrote a song about wanting a horse, which is the first poem in critterstory. niki has been singing her horse song to friends and children ever since (whenever she sees a palomino). special thanks to ben winship for writing the musical score to ‘i want a horse’ for children to learn! and special thanks to bob burns and his daughter keelee for singing and playing mandolin!
when niki was 10 years old her teacher had students write a poem for class. beulah was niki’s dog at the time, and “beulah the beautiful basset hound” came out of that assignment (the second poem in critterstory).
half a century later, janet (illustrator) learned of ‘i want a horse’ and ‘beulah the beautiful basset hound’ while on hikes with niki in their idaho home. they laughed while they sang ‘i want a horse’, and imagined colorful illustrations of a basset hound named beulah running with stilts through the snow (can a dog wear stilts?) … and so their first book ‘critterstory’ was launched…
what’s your critterstory?
critterstory: a picture book for ages 1 to 101
64 pages, hard cover, including four whimsical poems inspired by outdoor adventures. written by niki leclair with watercolor illustrations by janet murphy. published by ponderover publishing, LLC in 2018.