This is the page that introduces me, Olivia Ocelot in my new book, “Olivia Ocelot Saves the Day: Adventures in the Desert”. The background is a painting my creator/author/illustrator, Anne Crary Jantz did a few years ago. I told Anne it was purrfect for my introduction.
Here is the text that Anne put on this page in case you can’t read it on your computer screen.
“This is Olivia Ocelot. She is a wild cat about twice as big as a house cat. Her home is in the Rainforest in Costa Rica, but right now she is in the desert in Arizona. Her cousin Bob Bobcat invited her to come North to help him and his neighbors with a really big problem. His neighbors are some very interesting animals, and they all know that Olivia is very brave, very smart, and always very helpful to others. They know that when they have a problem, even if Olivia doesn’t know the answer, she will go and find the answer. Olivia Ocelot is a very good friend.”
As Anne said earlier in this blog, this is a work in progress. Anne is sharing her process and progress with you, my lovely fans. It should be a lot of fun for me, for Anne, and for you.
You can keep coming back here to my blog and give me your opinions on my books as they materialize. It will be something like being in a dark room and seeing photos loom out in the development tray. I think it will be a lot of fun.
Anne Crary Jantz and I, Olivia Ocelot look forward to your comments and contributions. Come walk along with us on this adventure !!!
My name is Olivia Ocelot and I live in the Rainforest in Costa Rica. I like to help my friends with their problems, and my reputation for problem solving has spread really, really, really, really far away. So, my cousin, Bob Bobcat who lives in the Sonoran Desert way up in Arizona just sent me a message by way of Sandra, a Sandhill Crane who stopped in Arizona an her way to Costa Rica, and ran across Bob Bobcat. He asked Sandra Sandhill Crane to tell me he needs my help. Say no more, I’m on my way!
Yup, I am going to go on up there and see if I can help Bob Bobcat and all his desert buddies. I decided in my infinite Cat Logic that the end pages of my new book will feature the saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea), one of the defining plants of the Sonoran Desert. These plants are large, tree-like columnar cacti that develop branches (or arms) as they age, although some never grow arms. These arms generally bend upward and can number over 25. Saguaros are covered with protective spines, white flowers in the late spring, and red fruit in summer. They are amazing!!!
Saguaros are found exclusively in the Sonoran Desert. The saguaro is the largest cactus in the United States. With the right growing conditions, it is estimated that saguaros can live to be as much as 150-200 years old. Saguaro are very slow growing cactus. A 10 year old plant might only be 1.5 inches tall! Saguaro can grow to be between 40-60 feet tall (12-18m). When rain is plentiful and the saguaro is fully hydrated it can weigh between 3200-4800 pounds. Now that is a big plant. A lot of animals and birds live inside the saguaro, and Bob Bobcat spends a lot of time perched on top of them.
I think they are very beautiful, and they are the symbol of Bob Bobcat’s neighborhood, so I asked my illustrator, Anne Crary Jantz to use a saguaro cactus at the start of my new story. Come walk along with me on this new adventure!