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Picture books by Ellie Kirby are set in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Most of her books are based on old mountain tales. Family and friends model for the characters in the illustrations.

Books ordered through this website will be signed by the author. For a personal message, please email Ellie or write a note on your order form.
 
Ellie Kirby is available to do programs on writing and illustrating children's books. She can visit schools, libraries and conferences in Southwest Virginia and Western North Carolina. For more information call (276) 579-4011 or email foxcreekpress@yahoo.com.


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The White Bear BookThe Little Deer

In this old fairy tale, a brother and sister run away from home and wander into a great forest. When the brother drinks from an enchanted stream, he turns into a little deer. The children live in a hut in the forest until they are discovered by a king and queen.

This book is written from the viewpoint of a immigrant from Scotland who hears a tale from “across the ocean waters.”

The watercolor illustrations show an imaginary blend of the Scottish Highlands and the Blue Ridge Mountains to celebrate the Celtic heritage of the Southern Appalachians. Much of the scenery in the book was inspired by a trip Ellie took to Scotland.

Hardcover and paperback, 32 pages, color illustrations


The Little Deer
 is $18 for the hardcover and $10 for the paperback.

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The White Bear BookThe White Bear

One cold, rainy night a mysterious white bear comes to a farmer’s house and demands his youngest daughter. The girl goes home with the bear and learns that he is really a prince under a witch’s spell. She comes to love the white bear, and when he disappears she must search far and wide to find him.

The White Bear is an old tale from the Blue Ridge Mountains. The scenes in the watercolor illustrations are based on actual places in the mountains of Virginia and North Carolina.

Hardcover and paperback, 32 pages, color illustrations



Award
Silver Medal Winner — Children's Picture Books (All Ages) Independent Publisher Book Awards 2009



Moonbeam Award

Bronze Medal Winner — Best Illustrator Moonbeam Book Awards 2009



The White Bear
 is $18 for the hardcover and $10 for the paperback.

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The White Bear BookThe Rabbits Dance

Get ready to party with bunnies! As a little girl goes to sleep, outside her window some rabbits are preparing for a big celebration. They travel to a magical island where there is music and dancing all night long.

This story was written and illustrated by Ellie’s daughter Rosy when she was seven years old. Later Ellie collaborated with artist Debbie Littledeer to create a full color picture book based on Rosy's story.

The brightly colored illusrations of The Rabbits Dance are a unique blend of silkscreen, watercolor, and woodcuts. A smaller paperback featuring Rosy's original drawings is also available.



The Rabbits Dance
 by Rosy Kirby, Debbie Littledeer, and Ellie Kirby is $20 for the hardcover and $12 for the paperback.

The Rabbit Dance by Rosy Kirby is $8 for the paperback.

The Rabbits Dance (hardcover) + The Rabbit Dance (small paperback) is $22.



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The Legend of Caty Sage Book The Big Toe

One day an old woman is working in her garden and finds a big toe in the  cabbage patch. She takes the toe home to cook for supper. Later that night when she goes to bed, a mysterious creature comes looking for its big toe.

This ghost story has been a favorite tale in the Southern Appalachians for over 100 years.

(Warning: this story is not for the faint of heart!
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Hardcover and paperback, 32 pages, color illustrations


The Big Toe is $18 for the hardcover and $12 for the paperback.

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The Legend of Caty Sage Book Under the Snowball Tree

Susie and her daughters live in an old farmhouse in the mountains of North Carolina. The poetic text and dreamlike pictures of this book show a day in their lives.

There is a feeling of peace and contentment as Susie and the girls go about their daily activities, play music with friends, and go to bed. The illustrations — a combination of oil paintings, block prints, and collage —  sometimes drift into fantasy.


Hardcover and paperback, 32 pages, color illustrations


Under the Snowball Tree is $16 for the hardcover.

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The Legend of Caty Sage Book The Legend of Caty Sage

This picture book tells the true story of a child who lived in the mountains of Virginia in the 18th century. Caty Sage was chasing butterflies near her family’s log cabin one summer’s day when she disappeared without a trace. Years later her brother found her living with a remote Indian tribe.

The Legend of Caty Sage tells the story of Caty’s adventurous life. Ellie Kirby did extensive research on the lives of early settlers and Native Americans. The detailed watercolor illustrations give readers a glimpse of rural America 200 years ago.


Hardcover, 32 pages, color illustrations


The Legend of Caty Sage is $20 for the hardcover.

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