Chelsea Green Publishing

Chelsea Green Blog

Cloudland Farm Is Home to a Most Peculiar Pair!

For Immediate Release

June 15, 2006

Contact: Jessica Saturley, 802-295-6300 x 106

Bayberry & Beau

by Nita Choukas
Illustrated by Gillian Tyler

“I will always remember the look of delight in the eyes, and the feeling of affection in the faces of my students, as Bayberry & Beau became part of their lives. With each chapter their anticipation grew.” —Betsy Draper, first grade teacher

Have you ever seen a cat who likes to ride horses? Nita Choukas hadn’t either, until she visited Cloudland Farm and found Beau, the orange tabby, perched on the back of Bayberry, the old brown quarter horse. They were inseparable.

While the amazing friendship between this cat and this horse is very real, Bayberry & Beau (Chelsea Green, July 2006) is Choukas’s imaginary tale of how these real-life animals became friends and the adventures that followed. Peculiar things are bound to happen when a spunky tabby and an old mare team up.

Choukas’s colorful cast of characters pulls kids into the story and unleashes their imaginations. There’s Beau, the lonely barn cat who is too kind-hearted to hunt; Bayberry, the wise old quarter horse who is afraid of mice; grumpy Aunt Ruby who refuses to keep a “lazy” barn cat; Sure Bett, a feisty horse with an attitude; and Mouse Marvin, the bravest of them all.

Through the adventures of these unlikely companions, children will experience the power of strong friendships and learn the benefit of working together and caring for one another. As the animals on the farm soon learn, they all do a lot better when they collaborate.


Nita Choukas is an actress and director of school and community theater. She has written book for two children’s musicals, Lolly On His Own and An Elemental Tale. As a mother of three and grandmother of ten, she honed her storytelling over the years, and has studied literature all her life. This is her first children’s book.

Illustrator Gillian Tyler was a Max Beckman Scholar at the Museum School at the Brooklyn Museum, a Fulbright Fellow in graphics at Kunst Academie in Hamburg, Germany, and an exhibiting nominee at the National Institute of Arts and Letters.

Available July 2006 | Hardcover | $15.95 | 1-933392-35-5 | 6 1/2 x 8 1/4 | 112 pages | Ages 6 and up

A Simple Way to Grow Fresh Greens Indoors This Winter

Just because the temperatures have started to drop doesn’t mean you have to live without fresh greens until next Spring. With author and gardener Peter Burke’s innovative method of growing soil sprouts indoors, you can grow nutrient-dense greens all year long at a fraction of the cost of buying at market. Burke’s new book, Year-Round Indoor Salad […] Read More

Recipe: How to Make the Perfect Pancake

When most people think pancakes, they think breakfast. But for Amy Halloran, breakfast is only the start. Halloran, author of The New Bread Basket, is a self-described pancake connoisseur. From a young age, she was entranced by the magic of bubbly batter rising to fluffy cakes on the griddle. Over time, her love of pancakes […] Read More

May Roundup: News, Views & Stuff You Can Use

The latest news and opinions from Chelsea Green and our authors, as well as tips and techniques about how you can bring our books to life in your kitchen, backyard, or community, and special sales, promotions and new releases.Permaculture Advice For Beginners. Hint: Start Small  Interested in applying a permaculture approach to your land, but […] Read More

Tasty Ways to Use Pumpkin Seeds

As much as we love pumpkins, sometimes it can be a challenge to figure out how to take advantage of all those nourishing seeds. Packed with rich nutrients such as magnesium, zinc, and plant-based omega-3s, these seeds are certainly worth the extra effort in the kitchen.  If you’re tired of the standard roasting drill, try some […] Read More

Poisoned for Profit, How Toxins are Making our Children Chronically Ill

Alice Shabecoff, author of Poisoned for Profit along with her husband Philip, speaks to a meeting of the National Disease Clusters Alliance. The book was written to answer the question, “Why is my child sick?” The answer, according to the Shabecoffs’, is constant exposure to toxic chemical by-products from industrial processes–and millions of children are […] Read More
Follow us
Get every new post delivered to your inbox
Join millions of other followers
Powered By