Peter and the Whimper-Whineys due out in Spring 2010


I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank-you” to all the many readers who made Santa’s Birthday Gift such an amazing success in spite of its publication so close to Christmas!  I sincerely hope that next season you will share your enthusiasm with friends and family; so that more children everywhere can realize that Christmas is not just about Santa, but is the celebration of the Christ Child’s birthday.

My next rhymed children’s book, Peter and the Whimper-Whineys is now under contract with Strategic Books and will be released sometime this spring.   Peter is a small rabbit who does nothing but whine. His mother warns him that if he keeps on whining and crying, he’ll have to go live with the Whimper-Whineys.  His nocturnal adventures convince him his mother was right!  If only he can get back home…  I am delighted with the illustrations so far, and am including a “sneak-preview” on this page.  Here are the opening lines and the synopsis:

In a house in the forest all covered with vines

Lived a very small rabbit who did nothing but whine.

He’d whine and he’d cry from morning till night,

And nothing that anyone did would be right.

He’d cry and he’d whine, and he’d whine and he’d cry,

Till his mother said, “Peter, I want you to try

To stop all that whining and unpleasant noise.

Go take a nap, or go play with your toys;

If you can’t stop that whining, I very much fear

That the old Whimper-Whineys will look for you here.

You’ll go live with them in a land far away,

Where you’ll join them in whining and crying all day.”

Thus begins the story of Peter and the Whimper-Whineys! Peter’s adventure continues as he later on finds lots of frightening Whimper-Whineymen in the woods and discovers that the Whimper-Whineys are very ill-mannered and rude, and that everything is sour in Whimper-Whineland. He decides his mother was right…If only he can get back home…! According to a recent Critique, “I cannot imagine any parent or guardian not wanting to read this book to their child!…Parents everywhere applaud you!” 

As I mentioned before, most of my books try to teach something like good manners and caring for others.  Peter and the Whimper-Whineys is based on a story told to me by my mother, Beth T. Stalker, who was a second grade teacher as well as a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She and I are delighted with this version of the story!

4 thoughts on “Peter and the Whimper-Whineys due out in Spring 2010

  1. Christine

    I’m trying to trace the original story upon which your rhyming version is based, Sherrill. My grandmother had a book from maybe the 1920s or earlier than contained this story, but the book is nowhere to be found. Yours is wonderful, but I also really want to read the original prose version, if it’s possible to find it in print. (My public library doesn’t have it.) Thanks for any help!


    1. Sherrill S. Cannon Post author

      Hi Christine – The inside cover of the book has that information: “The author would like to credit Sara Cone Bryant who originally created the “whimper-whinies” in a story included in Stories to Tell the Little Ones (1916).” I don’t think it’s still in print…


  2. Sherrill S. Cannon Post author

    Just to let you know, I was totally blindsided by the revelation that a previous version existed. My mother always claimed it as her story – always told to us (never any book involved) – and to the many children she taught throughout her long life (she lived to 101) so it was quite a blow to discover that it wasn’t her story! I never had the chance to ask her about it…



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