Children's Stories

Fifteen years ago, after struggling with the thought of writing, ( thinking I couldn’t do it then paralyzed with what to write about), I was inspired to write about people I knew best and was passionate about, my children and parents. While spending time at our family cottage in the Laurentians of Quebec I wrote In Search of Something Green and Sassy Frass, Sassy Frass, Sassy the Squirrel, introducing the grandparent characters, Nanabanana and the Grandpoobee. Eventually, these stories lead me to write a series of poetic eleven social skill stories, each addressing a different desirable social skill trait and each having a letter alliterative theme, The Little Dot, and most recently Abbey’s Dental Jewel. I now garnish much of my inspiration from the children I teach. These stories will be released through this year, with a variety of artists illustrating the works.

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Abbey’s Dental Jewel

What does the Tooth Fairy do with all the teeth she collects? The mystery has been solved by Mary Catherine Rolston in the delightfully engaging Abbey’s Dental Jewel. In ABC format, combined with alliterative verse, we follow Abbey through the experience of childhood which is universal – a wiggly, jiggly tooth and the problem of how to remove it! Through the author’s colourfully vivid illustrations, we can join Abbey and her friends as they try to hurry the process along, dreaming of cash left under a pillow, and then learn of the magical miracles wrought by the Tooth Fairy and her nightly haul.

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The front cover for the children's story Abbey's Dental Jewel by Mary Catherine Rolston. It features a young girl with glasses showing her teeth, and there is a string attached to one, ready to be pulled out.
The cover for the children's story "In Search of Something Green"

In Search of Something Green

A picture book dedicated to all the grandparents who lovingly coach their grandchildren while fostering dreams and a sense of awestruck wonder. It addresses over coming childhood anxieties with optimism, strength building strategies and courage (in this case, swimming in a big dark lake), moreover, it celebrates the power of the grandparent and grandchild relationship. Summer time is finally here, and Matthew is excited to spend a week at his grandparent’s cottage. But even though he has taken swimming lessons at his local pool, Matthew is still petrified of jumping off the dock into the deep, dark lake. Everyday Grandpoobee offers him swimming strategies while Nanabana takes him on nightly walks into the forest in search of a rare green charm that will bring him luck. Does Matthew find the courage he needs? Does Grandpoobee’s coaching help? Or does he find a lucky charm? Or maybe Matthew just made a leap of faith and courage!

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Timely Umit Upturns Tim

In 1950’s Turkey, along the banks of the Dalyan River, lives a timid, tender, tolerant, thankful, thoughtful yet socially awkward turtle. Poor Tim is misunderstood by the other animals, so he is a lonely, grumpy fellow. One day a monsoon causes the river to flood, sweeping Tim upstream where he is deposited on a furry striped rug— it’s Umit, a tiger and potential predator who offers to help him. Should Tim trust Umit? Will Umit be a tiger of his word and deliver Tim home, or will Tim have the same fate as the classic gingerbread man? Can Tim’s courage carry him to a new outlook? This charming children’s book uses rhyme and the alliterative sounds of “T” words to help build vocabulary while also raising awareness of the plight of the Caspian tiger and loggerhead turtle.

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The cover for the children's story "Timely Umit Upturns Tim"
The cover for the children's story "Happy Cat and Merry Cat"

Happy Cat and Merry Cat

This rhyming children’s book tells the story of two best friends—both spunky nine-year-old girls named Catherine. Nicknamed Happy Cat and Merry Cat, the girls love to dress up, drink tea, and eat sandwiches and sweets. Always looking for adventure and fun, they dream of a chance to have formal tea in their town’s tea shop and devise a plan to sing and dance on the street and collect change in a teapot until they have enough. But soon after they are seated inside the shop, their mothers find them and scold them for running off, teaching the girls a valuable lesson about always telling their parents where they are.

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Watchful Wishful Whirling Wandas Whale Pleas

It was December 2017 and our family was in Hawaii for just before Christmas. We met our friends Rick and Karen at an Italian restaurant. Karen and I were chatting about writing and whales. One thing led to another and we were brainstorming whale story concepts. Initially the idea was to write a story about a little girls who would see whales , tell everyone that she saw one but every time people looked there wasn’t one, so she would appear to be lying until finally she would be able to share the real experience with someone. Well I began writing with this intent and the story evolved another way in which everyone else sees the whales expect Wanda. I really wanted the grandparents to save the day, as so often grandparents have a way to make wishes come true…ordinary super heroes.

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The cover for the children's story "Watchful Wishing Whirling Wanda's Whale Pleas!"
The cover for the children's story "Happy Cat and Merry Cat answer, 'Who's Steering Your Ship?'"

Happy Cat and Merry Cat answer,“Who’s steering your ship?”

Happy Cat and Merry Cat are two playful girls who see joy, humour and adventure in everything. Their abundant energy and courage propel them to to test limits. This doesn’t always sit well within the structure of routine and rules of a classroom. See what happens when Happy Cat’s and Merry Cat’s exuberant choices in the classroom bring consequences that cause them to reflect and change their behaviour. It was been written with rhyming couplets.

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Wishing Upon the Stars

This tender story is set in the the summer at a chalet in the Quebec Laurentians. MC a young girl is vacationing with her father after her grandfather’s passing (her father’s father). On a hot summer night, MC is trying to fall asleep, however her grief and worry over the recent death is preventing her mind to rest. She tosses and turns until she fall out of bed and is recused by her father. They then head down to the dock on the lake to watch the night stars and chat about death, grief and dreams. MC’s fears recede and her playful mood returns until her over exuberance cause her to encounter another mini emergency from which her father rescues her.

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The cover for the children's story "Wishing Upon the Stars"

Problem Solving With O's

Discover how two best friends, with two very different styles, Olga and Oliver learn to cooperate and problem solve, with a story told with an ‘O’ alliterative theme.

*Please note the slight typo on the cover page of the video…oooopps a wee mistake during video production 🙁 *