Campbell Hutchinson, artist and writer, has published nine children’s books of animal paintings with original limericks. He has also illustrated a book written by another author. In 2014 he published a book of his landscape paintings, each accompanied by a quote from noted authors, poets and naturalists about the American wilderness. See below for excerpts from his publications and links to purchase on blurb.com.
“Uncommon Bondings,” by Campbell Hutchinson ©2017, a children’s book of paintings and limericks by the author.
This book takes a look, through paintings and limericks, at the symbiotic relationships existing among animals of different species, where these animals interact with each other for their mutual benefit. The book also includes stories of unique and sometimes bizarre friendships between animals of different species that normally would be considered natural enemies. Although the author/artist’s stories are fictional, they are based on actual relationships that have developed between animals of different species.
“Give ‘Em Space,” by Campbell Hutchinson ©2016, a children’s book of paintings and limericks by the author. From the author’s Forward:
“The animals portrayed are for the most part animals native to America that have become endangered because of man’s encroachment on their habitat or hunting them for food or game. In some cases, I have added an endnote regarding the history of the portrayed animal since man’s encroachment and efforts made to protect the species from extinction.”
“Animals ‘R’ Us,” by Campbell Hutchinson ©2015, a children’s book of paintings and limericks written and illustrated by the author. From the author’s Forward:
“The longer I live the more I realize how important animals are to our very being. From our dogs and cats that bring us unconditional love and companionship, to the wild beasts that bring us mystery, beauty, and the thrill of discovery, animals make our lives richer.”
Chief Seattle expressed the relationship between man and animal as follows:
“What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, men would die from great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to man.”
“This Land is Our Land,” by Campbell Hutchinson ©2014, a book for adults and children
of landscape paintings by the author accompanied by quotations from authors, poets and naturalists about the American wilderness. From the author’s Forward:
“We Americans have been endowed with an incredibly beautiful, vast and varied landscape from coast to coast. Despite our efforts and those of our forbearers to tame and conquer the wilderness and to reduce it to towns and highways and subdivisions and such, there remain enough wildlands, wetlands, forests, rivers, lakes, mountains, deserts and beaches to sate the needs of our wild sides.
. . .[I]f we want our grandchildren to enjoy the same benefits that we’ve had, we must become better stewards of our environment. We need to minimize the ongoing destruction of our natural assets, and use and view these assets as the treasures they are. And, to the extent we can, we must undo some of the damage we have wrought to our environment.
The wilderness writer, Rod Nash, posed the question succinctly: ‘Doesn’t the present owe the future a chance to know the past?’”
“Bear with me,” by Campbell Hutchinson ©2013, a children’s book of paintings, limericks and photographs, written and illustrated by the author, with photographs of African animals by Kathryn Davis. From the author’s Forward:
“The title of this book, Bear with me, was inspired by a wonderful adventure my wife and I had in the summer of 2012 in Colorado when we were visited by several black bears attracted by berry trees in our yard. These magnificent beasts were so hungry that the presence of humans did not deter them. Although black bears have the ability to inflict serious harm on humans, they are generally peaceful and avoid contact with us. But don’t get between a mother bear and her cub–they are very protective of their young.”
“The Enchanted Life of Muffin Jacqueline d’Amor,” by Karen Laborde ©2013, illustrated by Campbell Hutchinson, the true story of the life and escapades of Muffy, a miniature poodle who for 23 years brought love and joy to the family of the author.
“It’s a Wild, Wild World,” by Campbell Hutchinson ©2012, a children’s book of paintings and limericks written and illustrated by the author. From the author’s Forward:
” What happened to the wild animals that were displaced by all this human development? They fled to the ever-vanishing wilderness, to the forests that were yet to be cut, to the hills and mountains that man had not settled and conquered, and to wastelands that man had no use for. Unfortunately, we were poor stewards of our wildlife, killing vast numbers for sport and destroying the habitats of many species.
“We cannot change the past. We can only deal with the present state of things. The Indian pacifist Mahatma Gandhi famously said ‘The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated.’ The United States, being a great nation with strong moral pinnings, needs to treat its remaining wild animals with care and respect, preserving these animals and their wilderness for future generations.”
“Animal Treks,” by Campbell Hutchinson ©2011, a children’s book of paintings and limericks written and illustrated by the author. From the author’s Forward:
“I once read that the ability to be fully at home in the world of imagination remains the child’s most vital asset. My animal paintings and limericks are all about imagination. I paint a picture and make up a little story and let the child’s mind take it from there. When I start writing a limerick about a painting, I don’t know where it will go. I open my imagination and let it lead me to a story.”
“Great Wooly Beasts, and some feathery aminals* too,” by Campbell Hutchinson ©2010, a children’s book of paintings and limericks written and illustrated by the author. From the author’s Forward:
“’From the oyster to the eagle, from the swine to the tiger, all animals are to be found in men and each of them exists in some man, sometimes several at the time. Animals are nothing but the portrayal of our virtues and vices made manifest to our eyes, the visible reflections of our souls. God displays them to us to give us food for thought.’–Victor Hugo
Mr. Hugo, you took the words right out of my mouth. We conjure up animals in our image. I do that when I paint, or when I write these limericks. But fortunately for the animal world, some of man’s less admirable traits have not morphed into the animal kingdom. We have more to learn from animals that they have to learn from us.”
“Strange Bedfellows, and other critters,” by Campbell Hutchinson, ©2009, a children’s book of paintings and limericks written and illustrated by the author. From the author’s Forward:
“There is in nature a symbiotic relationship among different species. They work together and each one benefits from the other. …
I witnessed this once on a photo shoot when a tall, white llama poked its head up from the midst of a herd of cows. The llama, an otherwise peaceful beast, is brave in the face of danger, and ranchers use llamas to protect their cattle from predators such as coyotes. The llama benefits because it bonds with the herd and becomes fiercely protective of its brood.”
“wild things,” by Campbell Hutchinson, ©2008, a children’s book of paintings and limericks written and illustrated by the author. From the author’s Forward:
“Anyone who ever watched a housecat stalk its prey knows that the distinction between wild and domestic animals is misleading. Underneath, all animals are wild, and this book honors that wildness.
Animals add to our quality of life. Whether it is the comfort and companionship of a pet or the excitement of spotting a bear or elk in the wilderness, these special beasts enchant us.”