THE MAINE BIRTHDAY BOOK (Hardcover)
What would YOU wish for? That's the question a thoughtful chickadee named Dirigo asks his friends who have traveled from all over Maine's woods, waterways and wilderness to celebrate his birthday. Gathered around the dandelion birthday candle, each animal offers Dirigo a special wish as they take turns telling stories about their own Maine birthdays. A conversation to be enjoyed any day of the year, The Maine Birthday Book was born on a walk in the woods where farmland and forest meet the sea. It's a celebration of wildlife, geography and the magic of Maine.
Tonya Shevenell is from Maine. As a little girl, she was obsessed with bunnies and Martians, drawing the weather, and listening to AM radio. She was outdoors a lot and that’s where her imagination learned to play. It’s still playing! The Maine Birthday Book is Tonya’s first children’s picture book, but she has been telling stories through independent film and music for years. She owns and operates a small business called Home Ice Productions in southern Maine. Her second children’s book is in the works! Tonya spends a lot of time with the characters in her stories in the imaginary hometown of Malibu Maine. That’s where she and one of the animals from The Maine Birthday Book are collaborating on a stories journal about the making of the book. They are posting new journal pages once a week through the winter and into the spring of 2020.