The Woodcarver and the Bears

Gordon Gilhuly

Illustrated by

John Cooper

In this book for children The Old Storyteller comes hiking down the Wolastoq Valley on his annual tour through New Brunswick. Sometimes his stories are about the past, but sometimes they seem to be about the future. His new story is about a boy named Peter who loves to make animal carvings and has the good fortune to become the apprentice of a Master Woodcarver. When Peter grows up to also become a Master Woodcarver, he has an extraordinary experience with a bear who comes calling with a request. Find out what happens to Peter in The Woodcarver and the Bears. Now available and beautifully illustrated with full colour linocut prints by artist John Cooper.

About the Author

Gordon Gilhuly has been writing poetry, drama, short stories, and nonfiction for over fifty years. He has published three books of poetry. His second book, Every Poem is a Love Poem, was nominated for the 2000 Governor General’s Award for Poetry. He is the author of an award-winning one-act play, Coming Into Rooms. His creative non-fiction story, “Monsters” was short-listed for the CBC/Air Canada Award, while his short story, “Grace,” won second runner-up in the Winners’ Circle Anthology Short Story Contest of the Canadian Authors Association. The Woodcarver and the Bears is his first children’s book.

Gordon lives in Woodstock, New Brunswick with his wife Carol. At last count, he has three sons, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

About the Illustrator

John Cooper is from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario but has lived in Halifax (5 years in the Canadian Navy), Toronto, Montreal, Mexico City and the United States. He is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design where he majored in printmaking. He has practiced silkscreen printing, zinc and copper plate etching, monoprinting, and linocut. John has been a self-employed stained glass artist for 28 years and is known for his stained glass kaleidoscopes.

He lives in Barrie Ontario with his wife Susan. The illustrations in The Woodcarver and the Bears are the first he's created for a book.

Paperback • 48 pages • $25(CAD), $20(USD) • ISBN 978-1-988299-33-4 • Published 2020/11/03