“Hi do, Mister Rabbit!”

Mister Rabbit, Indian Ponies, a kindly carpenter named
Uncle Jones, a mysterious elevator operator, a wise
grandmother and a host of others serve as guides for
Johnny and his special friend Olivia as they grow up in the
central Kentucky countryside over the course of these
seven connected stories. Tinged with the nostalgia of
coming of age in the middle of America in the middle of
the last century, these stories also convey a timeless saga
of becoming oneself and negotiating life in the balance
between the material and the spiritual, with love—always
love—as the truest guide and goal.
Publication Date:  October 16, 2014
Paperback,  160 pages
ISBN:  978-1-937968-13-7
John Hay is the author of
several children’s books, including
Rover and Coo Coo for which he
received the Friends of American
Writers Juvenile Fiction Award.  
His short stories have appeared in
Sewanee Review and other
journals as well as
The Kentucky
Anthology:  200 Years of Writing
in the Bluegrass State
.  He lives
on the farm where he grew up
outside of Frankfort, Kentucky.
Love That Moves
The Sun
Cover painting by Mary Belle Taylor Hay
Photography by Rhett L. Beck
Photo furnished by author
This volume draws together for the first time stories that were previously published
over many years in a variety of journals, and for that reasons alone both new readers
and longtime fans of Hay's writing will take pleasure in their appearance here.  But
this is no mere compilation.  In revisiting these tales Hay has fashioned them into a
single narrative that traces his protagonists from young childhood to the cusp of
embarking on their adult lives.  Combining elements of the classic
("novel of education") with lyrical passages celebrating the beauty of nature -
nowhere more beautiful than in the author's native Bluegrass - and a child's first
encounters with the mysteries of life, and love, these are stories that will delight
and inspire.
Stories from award-winning Kentucky author
John Hay