Patch the Hill Country Bunny A charming book for children ages 3-8 takes readers on a unique journey to one of Texas most gorgeous areas.
The author was motivated by the belief that all children should have their own adventures in the great outdoors.
In the book, readers are introduced to Patch, an adorable bunny from the city who experiences the excitement of new surroundings.
Patch encourages young children to open their eyes, to listen and to explore the living, breathing environment outside of their home settings.
Of course, sharing an adventure with friends makes it all the more exciting, so Patch begins to look for friends in this new Hill Country setting.
Spanish translation now available at
Mary is a full time Honey, registered nurse, part time comediene (mostly in her kitchen) and retired reverend.
She is an observer of life, disarmed by the ordinary and distracted by sparkly things...and she loves bugs. Inspired by a stuffed bunny she received from her mother,
Mary wove a love of nature, photography, and sentimental keepsakes into a story about discovery and friendship.
In her spare time she travels with her husband, loves on her three adult children, plays dinosaurs with her granddaughter Emilia, and spends as much time as possible in the Texas Hill Country.
In high school, Mary was runner up for Miss Witty. Please don't ask her about that loss as it's still pretty raw.
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The Barnhill House
Blue Willow Book Shop
Blue Star Trading Co.
The Old Mill
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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Grandmothers, and teachers worldwide (practically) have commented on Mary's lovely and particularly legible penmanship. (taught by nuns)
She fancies up her signature with her special purple pen and will laugh at your jokes if you laugh at her's.
Mary would love to come to your school, book shop, library, festival, gift shop, or Tupperware party. Why not?
Mary is available to speak at your book club or women's group.
November 21, 2019
The Junior League of Austin
”A Christmas Affair”
Author’s Pop-Up Shop
Upstairs, North side
February 1, 2020
Lady Bird Johnson
March 28, 2020
2217 Strand St.
Galveston, Texas 77550
TV appearance Fox 26 morning news
In the 8:00 hour
Thursday April 18
Chapelwood Family Festival
and Easter Egg Hunt
April 20th 11am-2pm
April 27, 11:30am-3:30pm
shop with heart card event
June 22, 11:00am
River Oaks Book Store
Lady Bird Johnson
Book Fair July 20, 10-4
"Everything about the book- the photos, the storyline, the special surprises and the vocabulary make it such a treasure." Lisa M.
"The illustrations are beautiful, and I love the idea of a "city" bunny learning to love the country." Margaret S.
"Congratulations on a masterfully written and illustrated book for children's imaginations to soar." Vivian C.
"Thank you for a true masterpiece among children's literature. you have given life to the Hill Country." Carol R.
"A delightful story...beautifully and lovingly told, it will touch your heart. The illustrations are exceptional and so unique. Soft colors match the wonderful story." Becky M.
"This charming book is wonderful for young children. It is adventurous, captures attention and leads to a happy ending. The art work is outstanding. All in all "Patch" will become your little one's favorite!"
As a grandmother, I celebrate the relationship between Patch and Honey. The story line and the illustrations are beautifully crafted. I look forward to the future adventures of Patch.