Meet the Maples, a large family of dolls who've outgrown their small city home. Join them on their adventures as they search, buy, sell, earn, spend, clean, move and settle into more spacious quarters. But can they afford it? Will Wellesley, that snarky teenager, ever grow up? The story combines humour and pathos as it tells a tale of one big family's resourcefulness, generosity and loyalty in the face of many odds.
"Nothing comes easy for the Maples. It's inspiring to watch them work as a team to overcome so many challenges." -Barbara Baillargeon, Toronto Public Librarian
In the 70s and 80s I made independent films with government grants and had various exhibitions of my still photography. In 1990 I got my teaching certificate, and shared my love of these art forms with my students for about 15 years. In 2007, when my daughter was six, she collaborated with me on writing my first book with Blurb, "The Maples on the Move" and its sequel, "The Maples Mix 'em Up" in 2010. Shortly after that I got the idea that I could make books with my primary students, too! I've collaborated with my classes on 7 books now. What a great motivator and community builder it's been for them: to work away on a class project (on a theme from the curriculum) and then to produce this very polished result. Parents can experience their work by purchasing a hard copy or previewing it for free on the internet. Check out my Bookstore where I've got 16 different titles. I'll be exhibiting at The Word on the Street on September 27th, 2015 at Harbourfront.
At the HEAD of the CLASS Published August 28, 2015
Trolls' Bumpy Ride Home Published May 16, 2015
If Pandas Could Talk Published November 16, 2014
TROLL with a GOAL Published October 16, 2014
WURKZ on iPad Published July 03, 2014
Cool Class Collages Published June 26, 2014
OUR FAVOURITE PERSON Published May 30, 2014
HEAD, HEART, HANDS Published May 04, 2014