Grannie Snow is not only a Vermont author, but a cat/animal lover and a big supporter of buying local. She contacted us a few months ago about sharing her book Big Ole Striped Silas with Try Vermont First readers. My son took the book as soon as it arrived and came back awhile later to tell me “It’s a great book Mom. It’s about a Grandma who is sad at first, but then she gets a cat and she is SO happy!”.
I love 5 year old book reviewers!
Above is Silas, who inspired this tail (pun intended). Grannie Snow tells us that Silas helped to full a void after her beloved 11 year old Siamese cat passed away. Grannie Snow adopted Silas from a local animal shelter. She is passionate about encouraging others to visit area animal shelters to find an animal companion in need of a good home.
Big Ole Striped Silas is a thoughtful book that is beautifully written and illustrated. It is a must for cat lovers and also for those going through the sadness that comes with losing a pet. The book not only puts us in Grannie’s shoes, but also helps us to feel what Silas felt as he was adopted and sharing his well wishes with others in the shelter.
From the Silas website: “The Silas Series is, from start to finish, a true Vermont product. All contributors; writer, illustrator, graphic designer, editor, web designer, and printer reside in Vermont, something we all take pride in.“
Silas has a new sister named Opal and a book with her story will be coming out later this year in June. Look for it and ask for it at your local book store and find it at www.thesilasseries.com!
Illustrator Matthew Gauvin lives in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. More of his work can be viewed on his website.