Saturday, April 23, 2011


I came across Knatolee's World a few months back when I was scouring blogs that talked about raising chickens. That is something on my 'bucket list' so I have lot's to learn. Natalie is an artist, raises chickens and has a bee farm in Apple Hill, Ontario.
 She has also illustrated a popular children's book called Katie. Katie is a rattle-snake and she lives in the Sonoran Desert. The book is based on a true story. When I saw the book on her blog I decided to purchase it for my grand-daughter, Riley. Here's why....
I grew up terrified of snakes. Most likely because my mother was and I had a few encounters with them as a child where I was not expecting to be close to one. My grandmother lived on a farm so of course, we came across snakes. The one that stands out the most in my mind was the little, sassy one that crawled over me while I was sleeping in the grass. "Holy Cow....I freaked". The one I found on the stairs when heading up to bed and the one in the out-house that greeted me before dawn. I was 8 and I will not forget that moment. But really they weren't harmful, it was just a fear passed down from my mother.

I have made up my mind that my little 11 month old grand-daughter is not going to have the silly fears that have been passed down in our family so I am going to try not to be afraid of snakes anymore (at least when she's around). I will read this book over the weekend and then when Riley is old enough it will be one that we read together. The artwork in this book is fabulous. Natalie is so very talented.

Drop by Knatolee's World and say hi. If you have an interest in art, country living, chickens, bees, dogs, cats or even gecko's you will LOVE her blog. I am particularly interested in reading about her recent travels. She and hubby have a great sense of humour and you will get a kick out of some of her videos. If you want to purchase a copy of her book her blog has a link for that.

hugs, Deb


  1. I have Nat's book too. Love it! She's a talented gal!

  2. Can't say I'm a snake girl, but I do appreciate a good children's book and this looks lovely!

  3. I adore snakes! I'll go check out their blog. That Abby is gorgeous. being owned by one of those is def. on my bucket list.

    Ms. Stella's Woman

  4. Holy moly, Deb, I BLUSH!! Thank you so much for the lovely write-up. I am so glad you like the book, and I hope Miss Riley grows up loving snakes. My mother was terrified of them, but in the last year of her life, I got her to touch one (a harmless watersnake) Took her 64 years, but she finally overcame her fear. She thought the snake felt "quite nice!" :)

    I think one of Kate's goals in writing the book was to show people that snakes are NOT evil, and to encourage people to be more sympathetic towards the much-maligned creatures. Even rattlesnakes really do not want to bite you. They want to avoid you just as much as you want to avoid them!

    Thanks again for the plug. The more books we sell, the more likely it is I'll earn more than $2/hour for my work. Love those royalties!

  5. PS:Love the pic of you with the book, and also LOVE that kitty in the last photo.

  6. Well I can't say I'm a fan of snakes. :) I do have a lot of frogs around however, and always cats. That's right too, you followed me during Cozy House, and I followed you back. I'm so happy to hear from you! And I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter.

    Lots of hugs,

  7. Guess who again? I thought you might find this snake/spider story interesting: