A Keyano instructor’s five-year-old handwritten journal, rediscovered after the wildfire and evacuation, has been turned into a children’s Christmas book.
Cynthia O’Donnell’s story about a family vacation to a mountain resort—written from the perspective of her daughter Suzy’s basset hound, Blue—would likely never have been shared, but was discovered by Suzy post-wildfire while cleaning.
Suzy loved Blue’s story and inspired her mom to publish it as a children’s Christmas book.
With her daughter’s encouragement, Cynthia decided to release the story she had written 5 years earlier and as a result, she and Suzy created a new publishing company, Bluester Books.
In Blue’s Mountain Christmas, Blue and his family travel from Calgary to Invermere, British Columbia to spend the holidays in the mountains. Where readers follow along with Blue as he experiences the wondrous beauty of Canada.
Cynthia says writing the book was a joyous occasion and encourages anyone who has a story to tell, to simply go for it. It is her goal with this book, and future books to come, to showcase Canada in a series of simple family stories.
Cynthia O’Donnell will be signing copies of Blue’s Mountain Christmas at the Keyano College bookstore Friday, December 1st from 12-2 pm. See her Facebook event here.
Copies of Blue’s Mountain Christmas are available at the Keyano College Bookstore, Coles in Peter Pond Mall and on iBooks in the Apple bookstore. In Edmonton and Calgary the book is available at Chapters, Audrey’s and comic book stores. To see where Blue and his Family go next, visit www.cynthiaodonnell.ca.