Chewy the Woodchuck: Based on a true story seen by the the author in 1957
The story of Chewy the Woodchuck began back in 1957. A ground hog and our family dog had forged a contentiously playful relationship in a field near the home of artist Joan B. Vinal, and she was inspired to develop the story in words and art to entertain her kids as a bedtime story. Her kids loved the story, but then they grew up and the book was put aside.
Forty years later, the book, with its original watercolor drawings and hand lettering, was discovered tucked away in an attic box by Joan's son Pete. Peter collected the yellowing paper and rusty staples and knew his mom's health was failing, so he took these old pages and water colors and reformatted it, digitized it, re illustrated some and got it published and gave it to her before she passed. She cried, which was the first time Peter saw her cry. He promised to get it out to all the kids to read and he put some blank pages in the back of the book so kids can be inspired and start writing their own book.