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New Children’s Picture Book Shares the History of Morgantown through the Tales of a Mouse


The Service League of Morgantown is pleased to announce the publication of Tobias: The Mouse in the Old Stone House by member Mary Louise “Cookie” Soldo Schultz.  This creative effort was envisioned as a way to interest children in history and to inspire curiosity for their surroundings.

Author Cookie Schultz has recently retired from the faculty of the Honors College at West Virginia University. She has been actively involved in education and the arts for over forty years. She is the recipient of numerous teaching awards and grants and has earned fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the West Virginia Humanities Council.

Illustrator Ashley Teets brings the story charmingly to life. Tobias and his friends are reminiscent of Beatrix Potter’s soft, water-colored aesthetic realism. Additionally, Ms. Teets masterfully conveys the passage of time to young readers by overlaying her artwork on top of parchment-toned backgrounds complete with faded penmanship that echo the book’s text.

Books are priced at $16.95 plus tax and are available for purchase at the Old Stone House (313 Chestnut Street) Monday through Saturday from 11 am – 3 pm. The books are also available through