REPORTING · 13th December 2014
Angus McLeod has been telling stories since 1982. In November 2014, he launched his new book, "The Wee Folk, Tales of Pixies, Elves and Drooly Dwarves" at the Snowflake Seniors Centre before a packed house.
“They are stories I told my kids when they were much younger, growing up, and they would approach me with: ‘how come we have an Easter Bunny instead of an Easter Chicken? Do Rabbits lay eggs?’ From that, I got a story about the Easter Bunny,” said McLeod.
The first story McLeod told his children was in December, near the Christmas Holidays. There was no snow on the ground and his daughter was worried that Santa Clause would not come to visit. He cut a snowflake out of a piece of paper with a note which read: ‘I hope this helps until it really does snow.’ He signed it ‘from your good friend Ralph.’
“That day, we were blessed with three feet of snow and when I came home from work that evening, both my children and my wife wanted to know all about where this snowflake elf Ralph came from. They wanted to know where he lived and what he does and all that stuff, so I had to create a story there and it just kind of expanded into a never ending series of stories and stuff going on,” said McLeod.
It was that evening that his family decided that Ralph was the Snowflake Elf. From, there the world began to grow. Vern the Valentine Elf was introduce as was Tulip, an Easter Bunny found by Ralph and Vern in a Tulip patch.
McLeod wrote his stories into books for his children who wanted to hear them again and again. He was advised over the years to combine the stories into a large book for his children.
“I had no idea that the easy part was the stories,” said McLeod. It took four months to write and publish. It was published by CCB Publishing in Terrace. The book is illustrated by Jessy Rensink.
The book was written for children who are able to read the book to their younger siblings, and parents to read it to small children, so the children can ask questions about the stories in the book. This would give creative parents the opportunity to tell their stories or find out what the answer to the question is.
The book can currently be found as E-Book online. The run of books at the Kitimat Museum and Archives has sold out and McLeod was uncertain if any were left in Terrace.