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Ragged Mountain Revelry

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Author/Illustrator: Christopher Hill Morse
Title of book: Ragged Mountain Revelry
Edition: Softbound
Publisher: The Oculus Press
Address: RR 1 box 690 Grafton, NH 03240
Published: January, 2000
Library of Congress: 00-90315
ISBN: 0-9678775-0-4
Approximate Number of Pages: 84
Note: High resolution color illustrations
A signed relief printed etching bound in each book (pictured below).

Note from the Author: Ragged Mountain Revelry is a home made book. In every way, it is a labor of love. It is a story about the protection of a wilderness. Although it is based on a true story, it is told from the animal's point of view -- allowing plenty of room for artistic license! The illustrations are from original etchings printed by hand in color. They represent an effort of more than ten years. They are represented in the collections of The Smithsonian Institution, The Hunterdon Museum of Art, The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, and have been represented in National shows such as the 45th Annual National Print Exhibition, 2001 North American Print Exhibition, 2000 Pacific States Biennial National Print Exhibition, Artlink's 20th National Print Exhibition, 2000 Mayfair National Art Competition, Prints USA 1999, The 2nd Mid-Atlantic Small Print Exhibition, Albany Print Club's 20th National Print Exhibition, and others. It is represented in the collection of The Northeast Children's Literature Collection. It is dedicated to my daughter Kendra. Enjoy! Christopher Hill Morse

Ragged Mountain Revelry rekindles the spirit and awakens our consciousness. The story gives appreciation and inspires investigation, with the clear hope that it will lead to action on behalf of the land we are stewards of. The reader will find themselves inspired, having regained optimism, and knowing that "good things can happen"
Stephen Walker, NH Audubon

A triumphant journey into the heart of the wilderness, celebrating the forest, the trees, the wind. Inspired by a true-life preservation effort in New Hampshire, this homemade labor of love is a mythic landscape as memorable as the present, fertile, Zen-like moment.
The Book Reader, Fall/Winter 2000/01

Ragged Mountain Revelry is a visual treat; on these pages you'll see cavorting trout, bears playing tennis, dancing ants, and turtles and moose. It is - as Maurice Sendak says in his classic Where the Wild Things Are - a wild rumpus.
Rebecca Rule, Sunday Monitor, 4/2/2000

Ragged Mountain Revelry tells the true story of the successful effort to protect the natural habitat of Ragged Mountain in New Hampshire. It is told from the point of view of a young girl, Kendra, and the various animals that live on the mountain. The author's splendid illustrations are what make this such a special work...
The story culminates in a whimsical dance by Kendra and all the animals, fulfilling the author's goal of using art as a celebration of public land.
Peter Morgan, Ruminator Review, Summer, 2000 (formally the Hungry Mind Review)

Ragged Mountain Revelry is a teaching tale, and as such, while not truly a story for very young children, it is an important tale for children of all ages, including adults who care about their environment, and know they must pass the legacy of land conservation from one generation to the next. This book will help the reader do just that. The colorful etchings are an added bonus and a delight in and of themselves.
Virginia K. Slaton, Editor, Convergence magazine, 9/2000

Relief Etching: Relief Etching Although Ragged Mountain Revelry contains a serious conservation message, it is written with humor and wonderfully illustrated with Morse's playful and colorful etchings. Where else can you see black bears dancing with joy that their favorite beech trees have been protected forever? It certainly lends a new dimension to the work of conservationists everywhere!
Rosemary Conroy, Society for the Protection of NH Forests

I purchased a copy of your book. It is absolutely enchanting! I manage Afterschool Programs in nine rural towns south of Boston for children in grades 1-8. I would like to incorporate your book into as many programs as I can, the possibilities seem endless! We also have a partnership with the South Shore Natural Science Center and I am anxious for them to see the book because I know they can use it to create a wonderful program for our younger children. The book is just magical, there are so many people I want to share it with!?
Alicia LeClaire, Program Coordinator, 21st Century Learning Centers Afternoon Programs, 3/19/01