Rug hooker collaborates with children’s author to produce classic book

Jamie Heap
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The Book Review: Singily Skipping Along. Written by Sheree Fitch. Illustrated by Deanne Fitzpatrick. (Halifax: Nimbus). $19.95, 32 pages.

Singily Skipping Along illustrator (Deanne Fitzpatrick) and author (Sheree Fitchh, right) sign copies of their new book in October, 2013 at Deanne Fitzpatrick's Rug Hooking Studio in Amherst during the town's Fibre Arts Festival.

This past October, Amherst rug-hooker Deanne Fitzpatrick and children’s author Sheree Fitch launched their joint work Singily Skipping Along at the former’s studio during the Fibre Arts Festival.

“This is the best book launch I have ever been to,” exclaimed rug hooker, author and illustrator Deanne Fitzpatrick. “It’s wonderful to see all of the students and teachers from West Highlands, as well as the retired teachers,” she added. “I’m overwhelmed by the support.”

Children’s author Sheree Fitch, who has been churning out children’s classics for more than 25 years, concurred with her illustrator and friend.

This is amazing; this is the best launch ever,” said Fitch. “I’ve never seen such a large turnout for a Friday afternoon. This was fantastic.”

In Singily Skipping Along, a playful, imaginative “body movement multi-sensory inventive language poem” geared towards two to five year olds, Fitch challenges readers to imagine that they are trees, whales, spiders or clouds.” The result is a tactile and joyful children’s classic that is liberated through Fitzpatrick’s vivid rug-hooked illustrations.

“When I learned that this woman in Amherst (Deanne Fitzpatrick) had made those rugs that I saw, I was like a kid in a candy shop,” explained Fitch. “I knew it could be magical if we did something together, even though no one had ever heard about a book with pictures of hooked rugs in it. Everything that Deanne put in it is exactly what I wanted to say. I can’t knit or rug hook very good, but I love to write about what people do with their hands. It’s the equivalent of what words are to me.”

“I would love to do this again (collaborate with Fitch),” said Fitzpatrick.

Copies of Singily Skipping along are available at Coles Bookstore.

Geographic location: Amherst, West Highlands

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