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Farm life, Farm animals, Childhood memories, Rural Ontario, 1940s Ontario, Biographical stories, Engaging illustrations

Calamities and Cuddles
by Beverley Smyth

My story is about a little girl - an only child - that grew up in the 1940’s as part of a loving family on her parents’ farm located in rural, eastern Ontario. This little girl used her creativity and imagination to make a world of wonderment for herself.

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About the Author:

Beverley grew up on a farm in the 1940s in the small hamlet of Glen Buell, near Brockville, Ontario. Being an only child on her parents’ dairy farm presented her with wonderful opportunities to have many pet farm animals and to use her mischievous creativity to make an imaginary world of play.

After attending Ottawa Teachers’ College, her teaching experiences that spanned thirty years began in a one-room rural schoolhouse, which was followed by teaching Cree children on Moose Factory Island in James Bay. Eventually, teaching led her to the Ottawa Board of Education where she taught elementary grades and specialized in teaching English as a Second Language and Special Education Resource.

Beverley and her husband are proud parents of two sons. Beverley wrote Calamities and Cuddles with the encouragement of her family and in collaboration with Cheryl Coville, who created whimsical and delightful illustrations. Beverley currently resides in Ottawa, Ontario.

About the Illustrator:

Cheryl Coville is a self-taught artist and illustrator. She holds a BA from the University of Ottawa but has no formal art training. She just likes to draw. The illustrations in Calamities and Cuddles are rendered in HB pencil, but these days, she most often works with textiles in vibrant colours, using surface embroidery and appliqué. She is happily married and lives near Lyndhurst, Ontario. To learn more about her, you can find her on Facebook at Grandma Coco’s Designs.


Beverley Smyth
Cheryl Coville

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