Join, Maine’s Island puppy, on his adventures

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Clipper is a sweet Labrador puppy who loves to get into mischief. Through his adventures on a Maine island we all “grow up” with this adorable puppy as he warms our hearts and souls.

Join us on Clipper’s journey of life as he overcomes problems and obstacles every child goes through. This blog serves as a way to share ideas and create a dialogue about growing up in Maine. Please let us know if you would like a signed copy or line up a book signing or reading!
To order click here.

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Clipper’s ABC’s in English, French, Spanish, and Japanese

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Finally, a children’s book in four languages! Here is an example of some of the playful, educational pages in Clipper’s ABC’s, plus the front and back.

Journey with Clipper, the adorable Maine island puppy, as he takes children into his world, while teaching them their ABC’s in English, French, Spanish, and Japanese. One painting leads into the next, as children follow bubbles throughout the book. This unique concept gives children continuity, as they discover other languages.

Reading Clipper’s ABC’s in English, French, Spanish, and Japanese children and adults fall in love with the puppy in the different circumstances the artist, Ramona du Houx, depicts him in. Some are humorous, some serious. Children eagerly try to pronounce the different words, as if Clipper has given them the courage to do so. Clipper takes them into his world, while teaching them their ABC’s.

With the availability of the Internet it is easy for adults to find out how to pronounce the various words in Clipper’s ABC’s in English, French, Spanish, and Japanese. ISBN: 9781882190294

Place your order now. Send a check or money order for $17.95 to the publisher at: Polar Bear and Company, P.O. Box 311, Solon, Maine., 04979. Or call 207.643.2795. Order saying you read about the book here and receive free shipping in the Continental U.S.A.

Watercolor painting illustrations copyright © 2014 by Ramona du Houx. Clipper copyright © by Anita de Laguna Haviland. All rights reserved.

Clipper in the garden

GThis has been a big garden time! Mommy Diana and Daddy David went and bought many plants for the garden and lots of little seeds. Also they had outside lots of little plants that Mommy Diana grew all over in the windows of the house! The window sills look very empty now.

I’ve been out in the big vegetable garden with Mommy Diana, and Puff. We watched very carefully while she planted little white things she called, “Onions,” and then because they smelled badly, we dug them up, carefully leaving each one where it was.
We like the lavender and mint. We left the seeds and all of the plants, but the onions didn’t smell nice in my garden. We didn’t like them.

Mommy Diana put several types of tomatoes in the gardens, all the way from really big ones to tiny little grape tomatoes.
Mommy Diana even planted a garden for us dogs and Puff. In it she had planted some tomatoes, some cherry tomatoes for my aunties, and some tiny ones are for me and Puff. Marie and Zachary are allowed to snack from both gardens! It is much better, she said, to plant some for us rather than have us leave half eaten ones all over. But she didn’t put any onions in it! I think Mommy Diana is right! Continue reading

A day in the garden with Clipper- the Maine island puppy

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I’ve been out in the big vegetable garden with Mommy Diana, and Puff. We watched very carefully while she planted little white things she called, “Onions,:” and then because they smelled badly, we dug them up carefully, leaving each one where it was.

We do like the lavender and mint. We left the seeds and all of the plants, but the onions didn’t smell good in my garden.

Happy Spring! Happy Mother’s Day!

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Mommy Diana said that April showers bring May flowers. We have flowers, but today we are having showers, and we are all inside. I have to go outside to my garden for a while, but maybe I can have some fun in the garden!

RRain is fun! I can dance in it! I can run round dancing, and then dance standing up smelling some of the tall flowers. They really smell great. The little ones do, too. It is hard to dance when I am leaning way down, but I can wiggle my tail end and that is a kind of doggie dance!

I love dancing in the rain! Continue reading

Happy National Puppy Day!!

N is for National today. For National Puppy Day!

N is for National today. For National Puppy Day!

Every March 23rd, we have a reason to smile. It’s a National Puppy Day, a day to celebrate all the overwhelming cute of these doppy, floppy, playful balls of joy. But if you can’t get around to being burried in a pile of puppies and breathe deep lung-fulls of puppy breath, we have a few ways you can celebrate.

You can volunteer at a local animal shelter. Shelters need everything from people to walk dogs and pet cats to photographing adoptable pets, handyman repair work around the facility, driving pets from shelters to rescue centers or to vet appointments, updating their websites and more. We have a list of 25 creative ways you can help your local animal shelter.

If you’re interested in bringing a puppy home to be a family member, there’s a lot you can do to have the most positive impact. First, know what you’re getting into and of course look into adoption first. You can even adopt from a breed-specific rescue. Continue reading

Winter is fun for Maine’s Island puppy, Clipper!

21It is a bright and sunny day! We’re going outside to play, but the snow is still very deep for a little puppy like me. Purr is going to venture outside in Zack’s arms, but I think she will want to go right back in when she starts to get cold!

Marie and I are going to look for the first pansies, but Mommy Diana said that they were still deep in the ground sleeping. Instead she has cut some forsythia branches to put in water and make the house look bright with their yellow flowers. Do you ever do that? Some people bring in pussy willows, but we bring in forsythia. Auntie Honey helps us as she knows where everything in the garden grows.

Our aunties are going to look for animal holes in the snow, snuffling as they go. On occasion Auntie Spinner sneezes as she gets a piece of snow on her nose, but she’s having fun.

When everyone is all bundled up in their winter clothing we go out and get out the sleds. It’s not as cold as it was, but it is still cold. We are pleased that there is no wind today. Continue reading

Our adorable puppy, Clipper, in the news with his ABC’s

This article appeared in the UMVA magazine, HERE.

A Maine children’s ABC book in four languages under one cover!

Poster of the ABC book in four languages

Poster of the ABC book in four languages

According to the 2000 census, 25 percent of Maine’s population are of Franco-American descent, but there are no ABC children’s books in French with paintings of their state. Spanish is soon to become North America’s second language, but few know the basics of Spanish in Maine. We live in a global community; the earlier children are exposed to different languages, like Japanese, the more perspective they will have.

The ABC book is the second in a series of 5 books. Clipper is a sweet puppy who loves to get into mischief. Through his adventures on a Maine island we all “grow up” with this adorable puppy as he warms our hearts and souls. For more information please see: http://www.maineislandpuppyclipper.com

Happy New Year from Maine’s Island puppy- Clipper


Last night we had a big party here with lots of noise. There were long things that looked like lizard tongues that went in and out. And outside there was even more noise with bright sparkly things in the sky.

Puff was scared and hid under Great Auntie Sweetie. All I could see of Puff was the tip of her tail. Great Auntie Sweetie said she was fine and was even purring. I almost wished I could hide under Great Auntie, too, but Marie cuddled me and kept Zachary and his friends from scaring me with great big lizard tongues! Then Zachary realized that it was scaring me and told his friends that this was a party for fun, and I wasn’t having fun. So they played with me, and we all had a great time.

Zach carefully explained to Marie and me that the year numbered 2014 was over and now it was be 2015. I don’t understand numbers, but it meant to me that something big had changed. I hope my home is all the same. I don’t want anything to change, especially my family! Continue reading