Individual Author Record
Name: Kirby PringlePen Name: None Genre: Born: 1957 in Evansville, Illinois Sites:
Illinois ConnectionThe husband-and-wife team of Cindy and Kirby Pringle have worked together as photographers for 20 years and own Dogtown Artworks, located in rural Champaign County, Illinois.
Biographical and Professional InformationThe Pringles, Kirby and his wife, Cindy, are authors of the Earl & Pearl Barker children's books, about loveable dogs who have a message to tell and who love to wear clothes!
- Happy Tails: Earl and Pearl on the Farm, Dogtown Artworks, 2006
- Happy Tails, The Call of Nature, Dogtown Artworks, 2008
- The Butterfly That Would Not Fly, Dogtown Artworks, 2012
Titles At Your Library
Happy Tails: Earl and Pearl on the Farm
ISBN: 0977712605 Dogtown Artworks. 2006
Humorous and whimsical, this vivid collection of images teaches children the ABCs against the backdrop of simple farm life in central Illinois. Earl and Pearl Barker are human-sized canines who, from apples to zinnias, ride horses, play checkers, tend to farm animals, and fill a wheelbarrow with cookies. Entertaining for adults as well, the story of the Barkers is loaded with silly puns and clever wordplay—and each dog pictured in the book is a former rescue dog.
Happy Tails: The Call of Nature
ISBN: 0977712613 Dogtown Artworks. 2008
(For ages 712) A children’s tale that examines the role of modern technologies, this story reintroduces readers to Pearl Barker who has just discovered the wonders of e-mail, cell phones, texting, and instant messaging. She's even put wireless routers in allher farm buildings so she can check her e-mail while gathering eggs and doingher chores. Soon Pearl becomes more interested in staying at the computer or on the cell phone than going outside. She neglects her duties and becomes homebound. Earl, her husband, feels lonesome and rejected. Whenhe has to make his own breakfast and burnsthe toast,Earl goes over the edge. He takes Pearl on a vacation to get her back to nature and rediscover her love of the outdoors and the benefits of an active lifestyle.
The Butterfly That Would Not Fly
ISBN: 0977712699 Dogtown Artworks. 2012 Pearl Barker finds a monarch butterfly and quickly discovers why it will not fly - it is afraid of heights. Pearl and her husband Earl try to help the butterfly overcome its fear so that it can fly to Mexico and spend the winter with millions of other monarchs.