October 1, 2017
Left Fork is excited to announce the release of a fun children’s book by two award-winning artists. Written by Michael Spring and illustrated by Deborah Ann Dawson, readers of Woodwoo will enter the little-known world of a “little” (though still eight squirrels tall) sasquatch.
Woodwoo can’t “sa-squash” a log into mush, not like a full-grown Yeti…not yet! But he wants you to know he is still big and strong compared to a bear or ape. After all, he stands almost eight squirrels tall and his feet are tougher than cedar bark boots. In this book Woodwoo shares his favorite foods, activities, and sounds. But what he thinks smells sweet might not smell sweet to you. Mostly, this little sasquatch wants to share what makes him woo. And what is Woo? Come along as Woodwoo welcomes you. Bring your imagination and stomp or shuffle into the little-known world of this little sasquatch.
This is the first children’s book for Spring, though he has earned numerous national awards for his poetry, including the Turtle Island Poetry Award. Spring has had a long-standing and creative relationship with Rogue Valley native Dawson, an award-winning watercolor artist. A previous book, Ravenwood, featured Michael’s poetry alongside Deborah’s watercolor art.
About the Author – Michael Spring is the author of four poetry books. He’s won numerous awards and distinctions for his poetry, including the Turtle Island Poetry Award, a Luso-American Fellowship from DISQUIET International, and the 2016 Centennial Artist of the Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve. Woodwoo ~ The Little Sasquatch is his first children’s book. He lives on a mountainside in O’Brien, Oregon – where Woodwoo was born! And like Woodwoo, he is woo for the natural world.
About the Artist – Deborah Ann Dawson grew up in Oregon’s Rogue Valley and majored in Art at what is now Southern Oregon University. In 1978, she was the first woman to receive the Outstanding Senior of the Art Department Award. For three years, Deborah was an Artist in Residence for the Southern Oregon Arts Council, teaching drawing and watercolors to thousands of elementary school children. Learn more at deborahanndawson.com.