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Author Tonya Shevenell to sign new children’s book Hop Onward Rabbit Rabbit: A New England Cottontail’s Journey

March 18, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

We are excited to have Tonya Shevenell back in the store with her new book called Hop Onward Rabbit Rabbit: A New England Cottontail’s Journey.  Both her new book and her first book called The Maine Birthday Book are beautifully written and illustrated. Her new book is a perfect edition to your Easter book collection!

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 teamed up again with watercolor artist Laura Winslow, illustrator of her first book called The Maine Birthday Book, to tell the story of a lonely New England cottontail looking for other rabbits. On a journey through different habitats and changing seasons in Maine, the rabbit meets unusual animals, unlikely allies and a good friend.The book includes end pages with information about all the species along rabbit’s journey and features photos and facts about the real rabbits that inspired the book.
Tonya Shevenell will be signing both of her children’s books at Village Toy Funatic, 232 Main Street in Ogunquit, on Saturday, March 18th from 1-3 pm. For more information or to pre-order your signed books call the Village Toy Funatic at 207-646-7728

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March 18, 2023
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Village Toy Funatic
232 Main Street
Ogunquit, Maine 03907
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