Jackie Arnason was a prairie girl, born in a small town in Saskatchewan and living most of her life in Regina. While growing up in the “dirty 30s” life was hard but the local library became her haven. She learned to love reading and books of all kinds and made up stories to tell her brothers and sisters.
This talent for storytelling continued when she had children and then grandchildren. Here at last was a captive audience, so she told fanciful stories about pigs and dragons and kittens and clouds and zebras.
Storytime fostered a closeness between mother and daughters and Ahma and grandchildren and provided a gentle and imaginative way of teaching life lessons.
Despite having written boxes and boxes of stories for her family for decades, Jackie became a delighted first-time author at the age of 87, publishing Hambone—Why Pigs Have Curly Tails, in 2020. Timothy Titus Terrance O’Toole & the Dragon is her second children’s book.
Jackie passed away in September 2021 but her legacy will live on in the lessons and magical stories she shared through the years.
Hambone is a normal, little pig who loves to wallow in mud, gobble corn cobs and play with his brother and sister on Farmer Brown’s acreage. But Hambone has a dream – he wants a dill pickle – a big, green, drippy, sour dill pickle. His dream is so compelling that Hambone leaves home to chase it. He meets with many colourful characters on his adventure, including a parrot, a chef and a really big elephant until at last – his dream comes true – but something unexpected happens to his tail as his dream becomes reality! Hambone’s little tale teaches us that you really can believe in your dreams!
ISBN: 978-1-989833-02-5 - soft cover
ISBN: 978-1-989833-0-32 - hard cover
Timothy Titus Terrance O’Toole is a kind-hearted little boy. . .who befriends a big, scary dragon! Well, not so scary really, and actually a little bit shy, being new to the neighbourhood. Timothy is able to convince his mother to let him keep the dragon as long as his father approves. Timothy’s dragon wins over not just Timothy’s parents, but the entire community, with his love of children, helpful attitude, and skillful kitten rescuing. He becomes an important part of the neighbourhood, and is so well-loved that he is forgiven for eating Mrs. McGillicuddy’s flowered hat! It’s just what dragons do. He uses his fire-breathing for good, like lighting barbeques and warming up bowls of chili, like no one else can. He fits in perfectly! What a helpful dragon.
ISBN: 978-1-989833-14-8 - soft cover
ISBN: 978-1-989833-15-5 - hard cover
“Timothy Titus sure does have a great imagination! This book will spark imagination and creativity in children. This is a great book for teachers to read to their students when encouraging them to come up with ideas for writing their own short stories.”
– Chelsea Sneep, preschool & early learning teacher
“I found Timothy Titus Terrance O’Toole & the Dragon to be a delightful children’s book. The colourful, descriptive language holds the reader captive feeling both amusement and anticipation of what is to come. I love when the author addresses the audience in the narrative keeping the reader involved throughout the story. I would definitely enjoy this story with young children.”
– Bev Landry, retired primary teacher