About the Book
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 and photographing my first book with Blurb, "The Maples on the Move" and its sequel, "The Maples Mix 'em Up" in 2010. These books are about the misadventures of a large family of small dolls. In 2011 I started to collaborate with my primary classes on making books together. We've made 7 books now. It's a great motivator and community builder for them. 1n 2013 I won the Elementary Teacher's Federation of Ontario's Writer's Award. In 2015 I finished my TROLLOGY, 3 books about Trevor Troll, who faces discrimination and prejudice at every turn. I sold these at "The Word on the Street" book fair at Harbourfront in the fall.