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Author Tonya Shevenell to autograph her latest children’s book, “Hop Onward Rabbit Rabbit: A New England Cottontail’s Journey.”

March 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

We are thrilled to welcome Tonya Shevenell back to the store, presenting her latest book titled “Hop Onward Rabbit Rabbit: A New England Cottontail’s Journey.” Both this new release and her initial work, “The Maine Birthday Book,” boast captivating writing and delightful illustrations. Make sure to add her new book to your Easter collection—it’s a perfect addition!

Hop Onward Rabbit Rabbit: A New England Cottontail’s Journey was born from Shevenell’s unlikely summer of observing Maine state endangered cottontails in 2020. “I learned about them, from them,” Shevenell says, “and by the end of the summer, I wanted to help tell their story.”

The odds are stacked against New England cottontails. They require the dense cover of thickets found in young forest and shrublands to survive. Their worldwide range is New England and Eastern NY, but the pockets of suitable habitat are fragmented, and they have a long list of natural predators. Biologists estimate there are around 300 New England cottontails in Maine, and even less in New Hampshire. York County is home to some of the Maine rabbits.

Shevenell has once again collaborated with watercolor artist Laura Winslow, the illustrator of her initial work, “The Maine Birthday Book.” Together, they narrate the tale of a solitary New England cottontail in search of companionship. Travelling through diverse habitats and experiencing the changing seasons in Maine, the rabbit encounters unusual animals, unexpected allies, and eventually, a steadfast friend. The book not only entertains but also educates, with end pages providing information about all the species encountered during the rabbit’s journey. It includes photos and facts about the real rabbits that inspired the story.

Join Tonya Shevenell for a book signing event featuring both of her children’s books at Village Toy Funatic, 232 Main Street in Ogunquit, on Saturday, March 9th, from 1:00-2:30 pm. To learn more or pre-order your signed books, contact Village Toy Funatic at 207-646-7728.

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March 9
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Village Toy Funatic
232 Main Street
Ogunquit, Maine 03907
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