JOSEPH, MASTER OF DREAMS, Roussan Publishers, 2000
A retelling of the Book of Genesis story of Joseph, son of Jacob. Spoiled by his father and envied by his brothers, Joseph the dreamer is forced to begin a harsh new life in Egypt. Poetic language and humour bring Joseph into perspective as he grapples with his changing roles under Pharaoh and the meaning of his dreams.
I began Joseph, Master of Dreams when asked by an illustrator who loved the story to write a text for her to illustrate. Joseph never worked for me as a picture book, but Roussan Publishers encouraged me to expand it into a chapter book for young readers. The added freedom of a longer format combined with my desire to tell an alternate, yet traditional and plausible, version of Joseph's story inspired me to do the necessary research to complete my first long project.
Joseph, Master of Dreams is a lyrical retelling of the Book of Genesis story of Joseph of the many coloured coat, in novel form. The author has used natural dialogue and description rather than the more formal language of the Bible. - Resource Links; February, 2001; rated G (for Good)
Eloquently written by Kathleen Cook Waldron, the story flows across the pages like poetry. - Montreal Review of Books; Spring & Summer, 2001
This fictionalization of the biblical story of Joseph expands on the original while adhering to its plot and themes. Waldron does a particularly good job of depicting Joseph, who is initially presented as sufficiently insufferable to make his brothers want to throw him down a well. - Booklist (Books for Middle Readers)
Joseph: Master of Dreams, is an easy-to-read account of the story of Joseph. The light, fresh layout and twelve short chapters facilitate an easy read. The story will hook new novel readers as they find out about the adventurous life of Joseph. - St. Catharines Standard
FIVE STARS FOR EMILY, Orca Books, 2004
Emily is horrified when she learns that she will spend her holiday up north at an isolated cabin without indoor plumbing or electricity. When she and her aunt arrive, it is even worse than Emily imagined. The snow is deep. The work is hard. Aunt Hannah is bossy. And Blossom, the girl her age, wants her to play ice hockey on a nearby lake. Could this turn into the five-star holiday Emily dreamed of?
Emily was first published as a New Year's story in the 100 Mile Free Press Holiday Supplement. I then hoped to develop it into a picture book illustrated by a friend of mine in Clearwater. While we both put lots of time and energy into the project, it never happened. I then sent it to Maggie DeVries at Orca books who suggested making it into a novel for young readers. I kept the ending, but changed almost everything else. Emily is a lot like I was, a not very adventurous city girl lucky enough to be blown away by the wilderness.
The story flows smoothly with enough descriptions to challenge a young reader. Emily is a likable character because she is unafraid to express her feelings to the reader. We sympathize with Emily's dilemma and are thrilled to see her grow and come to terms with her situation. Young readers will enjoy being in Emily's "head", sharing her fears, her feelings and her doubts. - Resource Links, Rated E (excellent). Chosen as one of the best books of 2005
This well written novel is about understanding between two new friends and between Emily and her aunt Hannah. Emily, age 10, is very disappointed to learn that she will spend her holiday up north in an isolated cabin, one without electricity or indoor plumbing. She had hoped that her aunt would choose to visit Disneyland, but instead the two of them are going to a housewarming up north. Adjusting to life in a cabin is difficult, especially when Emily has to learn to use the outhouse. - CM Magazine, Recommended.
ROUNDUP AT THE PALACE, illustrations by Alan and Lea Daniel. Red Deer Press, 2006
Zack is looking forward to taking Buster the bull to the National Western Stock Show in Denver. As Zack and his dad sing their way along the road, Buster doesn't find his first trip away from the ranch much fun. When a snowfall turns into a blinding blizzard and Zack's dad must detour through downtown, Buster sees his chance to make his own hay. Thundering out of the truck, Buster gallops toward the nearest set of wide doors - straight into the lobby of the Brown Palace Hotel. There he confronts Alice, who helps her mother in the hotel gift shop. Now Zack must act quickly to save Alice and Buster from disaster.
Like A Wilderness Passover, Roundup at the Palace is filled with real-life connections for me. While the Passover book is a story of my life in Canada, Roundup came about through my ties to Colorado. Growing up in Denver, the National Western Stock Show, Rodeo, and Horse Show was an annual January event: the largest indoor show of its kind in North America, always associated with stormy weather. In Denver it's called "Stock Show weather." The Brown Palace is an elegant, historic hotel that has traditionally hosted the grand prize-winning steer in its lobby. Our son Levi's godmother, Alice Toppenberg, worked for many years in the hotel gift shop, where she earned the nickname Alice-at-the-Palace. Roundup at the Palace also has a Canadian connection. Local rancher Norman Granberg created the original design for the flawed stock trailer that allowed Buster the bull to escape in downtown Denver and make his panicky dash for safety through the wide, barn-like doors of the Brown Palace.
The story is that rare thing - a plausible, realistic tale in which the child protagonists solve the problem themselves. The action is beautifully shaped, with the two stories coming together, linked by music. The pace moves smoothly between motion and rest, and the tone, a delicate balance of almost-slapstick and genuine danger, is pitch-perfect. Waldron has fashioned a heart-stopping, fun, moving gem of a story. - Sarah Ellis, Quill & Quire, starred review
Roundup at the Palace is a classic urban and cowboy legend, beautifully illustrated and well written. This is a children's book, with a combination of drama, humour, and wonderful images of a bull in a fancy hotel and should appeal to urban and rural youngsters over a wide range of ages, from about four to ninety four. These days there are not many children's books with a rural orientation; this one gets the big blue ribbon. - Mike Puhallo, The Cowboy Times, The BC Cowboy Heritage Society Official Newsletter
A tale of convergence. On the one hand, there is a bull named Buster, en route to the National Western Stock Show in Denver, and on the other, there is a small girl called Alice who helps her mother "sell toothpaste to movie stars and magazines to businessmen" in the gift shop at Denver's Brown Palace Hotel" A felicitous convergence, indeed, and an altogether delectable picture book. - Globe and Mail
This book will be especially appreciated by any students who are familiar with rodeos or who are used to being around farm animals. But it can also be enjoyed by any child who would delight in the thrill of confronting a huge bull and taming it with a song. It could be a good read-aloud story, especially if the reader is willing to sing along. -CM Magazine, Highly Recommended
FORESTRY A-Z. with Ann Walsh; photographs by Bob Warick; Orca Books; 2008
Have you ever wondered what can make a green forest turn rusty red? What a yarder or a timber cruiser is? Why midnight is often a millwright's busiest time? How plywood is made? What dozer boats are? Or how forestry has changed in the last century? These questions and dozens more are answered in Forestry A-Z, an informative and fascinating look at modern forestry.
Forestry A-Z is my first collaboration with another writer, Williams Lake author, Ann Walsh. She and I met countless times in person, by phone, and on-line in the course of doing this book, our first purely non-fiction project. While learning extensively about our own forest-based communities, Ann and I benefited from the advice of a broad range of extremely patient experts. I was able to draw from my own experiences as well: planting trees, working in a tree nursery, picking cones, clearing land, and building our own log home. My husband Mark had additional expertise in carpentry, logging, and timber cruising. He and I were also partners in a woodlot for many years.
Veteran B.C. authors Ann Walsh and Kathleen Cook Waldron, both long-time residents of lumber-based communities, present an alphabetical collection of forestry facts providing insight into this vital industry…The authors' choices of little-known and diverse facts keep readers interested…The authors show how the forestry industry affects many others, such as recreation and carpentry, and how forests figure prominently in the artistic heritage of First Nations people…Bob Warick spent a year taking photos of B.C. forests for this book, and the results are wonderful. We see pristine landscapes juxtaposed with huge equipment crunching through the forest and many people hard at work in all facets of the industry. – Quill & Quire
The strong, vivid photographs make this story of forestry come to life, as if we are right in the middle of the action. All aspects of logging and wood are covered alphabetically. – Burnaby Now, Summer Reads for Kids and Teens
Since summer often includes walks in the forest, it can be useful to understand the value of the trees we're enjoying. Forestry A-Z uses photographs by Bob Warick combined with short paragraphs by Kathleen Cook Waldron and Ann Walsh to cover life in the forest from tree planting to logging, covering such topics as the use of trees to stop erosion or the use of fire to prepare the ground for planting. As they explore tree culture from A to Z the authors are careful to provide enough information to stimulate interest without overloading young readers with too many facts. – cityparent.com, Summer reading to make you smile
To order Forestry A-Z and Five Stars for Emily, contact Orca Book Publishers, Toll-free phone: 1 800 210 5277 or Toll-free fax 1 877 408 1551 or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
To order Roundup at the Palace and A Wilderness Passover, contact Fitzhenry & Whiteside.
My books are listed with the large chain stores and can also be ordered from your local independent bookstore
I also have two published short stories. One Candle, Many Lights is in the anthology Winds Through Time; edited by Ann Walsh; Beach Holme Publishing; Vancouver, BC; 1998. Dill Pickles is in the anthology Jumbo Gumbo, edited by Wenda McArthur and Geoffrey Ursell, Coteau Books; Regina, SK, 1989. I’d like to polish my Dill Pickles for a picture book. Wish me luck!