Storybook Sculptures

The Lorax

Installed: 2013
Sculptor: Leo Rijn
Book: “The Lorax”
Author/Illustrator: Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel
Location: Everman Park

The book chronicles the plight of the environment and the Lorax, which speaks for the trees against the greedy Once-ler.

Sponsors:

Bobbie Anderson Gee, Lila & Bill Senter, Sydney & Evelyn Niblo, Carolyn & Harwell Barber,Callie & Lee Hampton, Miss Brooke Miers, Julie & Buddy Napier, Robert (Bob) & Ardis Gillette, Lynn & Carl Roeder, Donna & Chester Dougherty, Jane and Bob Milstead, Tom Taylor family in memory of Eileen Taylor Massey, Marilyn Ann Caldwell, Senter Realtors, In loving memory of Jimmy Farrington, Scott & Jill Bishop, Pete & Martha Hinman, Grandchildren- The Berry’s, Logan, Sam, Abby, Tom, Wes, Will & Brook, John R. & Jana Thacker, Honoring Sam Morford, L. Glenn Cummins, Arrow Ford, T & T Family Foundation, Joe Ed Canon, In honor of Paige & Lola from Pat & Ralph McCleskey, Hunter’s Texas Stone, Abilene Reporter News, The Children of Abilene ISD, Wylie ISD, St. John’s Episcopal School & Abilene Christian Schools, Fehr Foods, Inc. – Subsidiary of Grupo Nutresa, Junior League of Abilene, Lauren Engineers & Constructors, The City of Abilene, The Crowe Group, Inc.


Yertle the Turtle

Installed: 2013
Sculptor: Leo Rijn
Book: “Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories”
Author/Illustrator: Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel
Location: Everman Park

“Yertle the Turtle,” king of the pond, stands on his subjects in an attempt to reach higher than the moon – until the bottom turtle burps and he falls into the mud, ending his rule.

Sponsors:

Dr. Jay & Nancy Capra, Carl Childers & Jose Delucchi, Dewayne & Virginia Chitwood, Virginia Connally M.D., The Mary and Larry Gill Family, Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau, Trevor Short, Dodge Jones Foundation, Maggie, Colton & Malia McCaleb, Mia, Makeda & Simret Proctor, Rentech Boiler Systems, Sharon’s Barbeque, Sylvan Learning Center, James D. Tittle, Windham Ranch LLP, Gina & Tucker Bridwell, Priceless Literacy – Kaye Price-Hawkins & Joe Hawkins, Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature


The Grinch

Installed: 2013
Sculptor: Leo Rijn
Book: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”
Author/Illustrator: Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel
Location: Everman Park

A cold and heartless green recluse tries to sabotage Christmas for Whoville, only to find the true meaning of this holiday.

Sponsors:

J.L & Joyce Truitt-Geis


Green Eggs and Ham

Installed: 2013
Sculptor: Leo Rijn
Book: “Green Eggs and Ham”
Author/Illustrator: Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel
Location: Everman Park

Sam I Am is determined that an unnamed character in the book should try green eggs and ham whether it is in a boat or with a goat or here or there or anywhere!

Sponsors:

Dr. Jay & Nancy Capra, Carl Childers & Jose Delucchi, Dewayne & Virginia Chitwood, Virginia Connally M.D., Sindy Durham, The Mary and Larry Gill Family, Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau, Russell, Beverly & Trevor, Dodge Jones Foundation, Lindsay, Caleb & Riley Cranford, Mia, Makeda & Simret Proctor, Rentech Boiler Systems, Lytle Land & Cattle Co., Sylvan Learning Center, James D. Tittle, Windham Ranch LLP, Gina & Tucker Bridwell, Priceless Literacy – Kaye Price-Hawkins & Joe Hawkins, Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature


Horton Hears a Who

Installed: 2013
Sculptor: Leo Rijn
Book: “Horton Hears a Who!”
Author/Illustrator: Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel
Location: Everman Park

Horton, the elephant, hears a small speck of dust talking to him and vows to protect it because “a person’s a person no matter how small.”

Sponsors:

W.B. & Sadie Adamson and Dick & Kaye Spalding


Cat in the Hat

Installed: 2012
Sculptor: Leo Rijn
Book: “The Cat in the Hat”
Author/Illustrator: Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel
Location: Everman Park

The Cat in the Hat entertains two small children on a rainy day with wild hijinks. This book is one of the best-selling children’s books of all time.

Sponsors:

In Honor of Dr. Jay Capra, Carl Childers & Jose Delucchi, Dewayne & Virginia Chitwood, The Mary and Larry Gill Family, Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau, Russell & Beverly Guthrie, Dodge Jones Foundation, Gary and Sylvia McCaleb, Mia, Makeda & Simret Proctor, Sharon & Tom Riley, Lexie & Jeb Spalding, Sylvan Learning Center, James D. Tittle, Windham Ranch LLP, Bill Wright & Alice J. Wright, Gina & Tucker Bridwell, Priceless Literacy – Kaye Price-Hawkins & Joe Hawkins, Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, Joyce Geis, Lauren & Reagan Livingston, Mary F. Clark, Virginia Connally M.D., Becky McDonald, Lily, Miles, & Chloe Etter from Mommo, Rentech Boiler Systems, Dr. & Mrs. H.M. Richert, Gary & Gwen Sitton, Mary and Zane Travis, National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature


Childhood’s Great Adventure

Installed: 1996
Sculptor: Rick Jackson
Book: “Santa Calls”
Author/Illustrator: William Joyce
Location: Everman Park

Art Atchinson Aimesworth, his sister Esther and Spaulding Littlefeets sail to the North Pole in this sculpture depicting a scene from the William Joyce book.

Sponsors:

Storybook Legend Contributors
Abilene Arts Alliance, Abilene Pediatric Dental Associates ,W.B. & Sadie Adamson,Pat & Mike Dunnahoo, Dr. Ted and Laura Dyer & Hendrick Sleep Disorders Center, Family Vision Associates: Dorothy Preston, O.D. Steven Ezzell, O.D. Darron Prostelwait, O.D., Fehr Foods, Inc. – Subsidiary of Grupo Nutresa, Hunter’s Texas Stone, Priceless Literacy – Kaye Price-Hawkins & Joe Hawkins
In honor of our grandchildren who still believe, Dick & Kaye Spalding, J.L. & Joyce Truitt-Geis, Union Pacific Railroad

Three-Year Sustaining Gifts Sponsors
Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau, Gina & Tucker Bridwell, Dr. Jay & Nancy Capra, Dewayne & Virginia Chitwood, Virginia Connally, M.D., Carl Childers & Jose Delucchi, Dodge Jones Foundation, David & Sindy Durham, The Mary & Larry Gill Family, Russell & Beverly Guthrie & Trevor Short, Lytle Land & Cattle Co./ Sharon’s Barbeque, Gary & Sylvia McCaleb, National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Priceless Literacy – Kaye Price-Hawkins & Joe Hawkins, Mia, Makeda & Simret Proctor, Glynn Ray & Billye Proctor-Shaw, Rentech Boiler Systems, Sharon Riley, Mike Sullivan, Sylvan Learning Center, James D. Tittle, Windham Ranch LLP—James Harding & Carol Windham

Culminating Gifts Contributors
The Children of Abilene ISD, Wylie ISD, St. John’s Episcopal School & Abilene Christian Schools, The City of Abilene, Joe Allen, Abilene Reporter-News, In honor of our grandchildren, Jerri & Jim Alexander, Arrow Ford, Carolyn & Harwell Barber, Grandchildren – The Berry’s Logan, Sam, Abby, Tom, Wes, Will & Brook, Scott & Jill Bishop, Watson Bowen, Ken & Sue Burgess, Marilyn Ann Caldwell, Clifton & Shirley Caldwell, Joe Ed. Canon, Mary F. Clark, Canon & Caroline Cleveland, The Crowe Group, Inc., L. Glenn Cummins, Donna & Chester Dougherty, Glenn Dromgoole, B.J. & Lale Estes, Lily, Miles & Chloe Etter from Mommo, Everett E. & Orabeth K. Woods Foundation, In loving memory of Jimmy Farrington, First National Bank of Abilene, Bobbie Anderson Gee, Robert (Bob) & Ardis Gillette, Meredith & Landon Gray, Callie & Lee Hampton, Rebecca Harris, Seaton Higginbotham, Pete & Martha Hinman, Jacob, Zach & Madison Jones, Junior League of Abilene, Lauren Engineers Constructors, Lauren & Reagan Livingston, Timothy & Adam MacArthur, In honor of Paige & Lola from Pat & Ralph McCleskey, Miss Brooke Miers, Jim & Kaye Miers, In memory of Alice Faye Miller, Jane & Bob Milstead, Honoring Sam Morford, Marissa, Stephen & Gianna Munoz, Kenneth L. Musgrave, Julie & Buddy Napier, Sydney & Evelyn Niblo, Olivia Nichols, Dian Graves Owen, Patron 200, Chase, Madison & Zane Peeler, Justin, Ethan & Wesley Polk, Dylan & Colton Proctor, Kimberly & Sam Proctor, Jack & Becky Rentz, Dr. & Mrs. H.M. Richert, Sharon Riley, Lynn & Carl Roeder, Senter Realtors, Security State Bank of Abilene, Lila & Bill Senter, Scott Senter, Gary & Gwen Sitton, Sara, Sally, Jack, Sadie & Meredith Spalding , T & T Family Foundation, Tom Taylor family in memory of Eileen Taylor Massey, John R. & Jana Thacker, Clarine & Bob Tiffany, Phil & Pam Tippen, Mary & Zane Travis, Dr. & Mrs. James D. Webster, Anika, David & William Wright, Bill Wright & Alice J. Wright


Man in the Moon

Installed: 2014
Sculptor: Pedro Rivera
Book: “The Man in the Moon”
Author/Illustrator: William Joyce
Location: T&P Depot, 1101 N. 1 st St.

The first picture book in William Joyce’s The Guardians of Childhood series tells the adventure of the boy who became
Tsar Lunar, the very first Guardian who watches over the dreams of the children of Earth.

Sponsor:

Union Pacific Railroad


E. Aster Bunnymund

Installed: 2014
Sculptor: Steve Neves
Book: “E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth’s Core!”
Author/Illustrator: William Joyce
Location: Corner of Cedar and N. 1 st Streets

A philosophical warrior rabbit skilled in martial arts, E. Aster Bunnymund is one of William Joyce’s Guardians of Childhood.

Sponsors:

Family Vision Associates; Dorothy Preston, O. D.; Steven Ezzell, O.D.; Darren Postelwait, O.D.


Duck on a Bike

Installed: 2015
Sculptor: Steve Neves
Bronze casting: Geoff Broderick
Book: “Duck on a Bike”
Author/Illustrator: David Shannon
Location: 1201 N. 1 st St.

One day on the farm, Duck gets the wild idea he can ride a bike. After riding past the other farm animals, they decide they want to try bike riding too.

Sponsor:

Union Pacific Railroad


No, David! And Fergus

Installed: 2015
Sculptor: Steve Neves
Bronze casting: Geoff Broderick
Book: “David Gets in Trouble”
Author/Illustrator: David Shannon
Location: National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, 102 Cedar St.

Everywhere David goes, he seems to get in trouble. But he always has an excuse. After thinking about his mistakes, David decides it’s time to say he’s sorry.

Sponsor:

Abilene Arts Alliance


Nicholas St. North

Installed: 2014
Sculptor: Steve Neves
Book: “Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King”
Author/Illustrator: William Joyce
Location: National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, 102 Cedar St.

Before he was St. Nick, he was a daredevil named Nicholas St. North. Now he’s a Guardian of Childhood.

Sponsors:

W.B. & Sadie Adamson, Dick & Kaye Spalding, Priceless Literacy: Kaye Price-Hawkins & Joe Hawkins, Pat & Mike Dunnahoo, Hunter’s Texas Stone


Dino Bob

Installed: 2000
Sculptor: Bob “Daddy-O” Wade
Book: “Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo”
Author/Illustrator: William Joyce
Location: 133 Cedar St.

The sculpture was created for the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council’s 20th annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit and depicts the William Joyce character, Dinosaur Bob, playing with an orange Volkswagen. The sculpture became popular and now helps symbolize Abilene as the Storybook Capital of Texas and America.

Sponsor:

Citizens of Abilene


Jack Frost

Installed: 2014
Sculptor: Steve Neves
Books: “Jack Frost” and “Jack Frost: The End Becomes the Beginning”
Author/Illustrator: William Joyce
Location: Abilene Public Library, 202 Cedar St.

The Guardian of Fun can manipulate snow and ice. Jack Frost is known for his role in the animated movie “Rise of the Guardians” in which he assists the other Guardians in battling Pitch, the Nightmare King.

Sponsor:

Abilene Arts Alliance


Seymour

Installed: 2013
Sculptor: Randy Gilman
Books: “Can You See What I See?” series
Author/Illustrator: Walter Wick
Location: 174 Cypress St. (balcony)

The Seymour character, who is a boy made of beads, is hidden on every page of Wick’s “Can You See What I See?” book series.

Sponsor:

Abilene Cultural Affairs Council


Sanderson Mansnoozie

Installed: 2014
Sculptor: Steve Neves
Bronze casting: Geoff Broderick
Books: “The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie” and “The Sandman and the War of Dreams”
Author/Illustrator: William Joyce
Location: 174 Cypress St.

This former captain of a shooting star is the Sandman, the Guardian of Dreams.

Sponsors:

Fehr Foods, Inc. – Subsidiary of Grupo Nutresa, Dr. Ted and Laura Dyer and Hendrick Sleep Disorders Center


Toothiana

Installed: 2014
Sculptor: Steve Neves
Bronze casting: Geoff Broderick
Book: “Toothiana: Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies”
Author/Illustrator: William Joyce
Location: Minter Park

Her Serene Royal Highness, Toothiana, Queen of the Tooth Fairies, is also a Guardian of Childhood. She fiercely guards the teeth she collects because they contain children’s memories.

Sponsor:

Abilene Pediatric Dental Associates


Good Night Dinosaur

Installed: 2016
Sculptor: Steve Neves
Book: “How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?”
Author: Jane Yolen
Illustrator: Mark Teague
Location: Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden at the Abilene Convention Center

With a few simple lines of verse and some hilarious illustrations, parents are ready to put their youngsters to bed. But in this book, the youngsters are dinosaurs.

Sponsors:

Abilene Arts Alliance, Claude and Mae Moss Foundation, Dick & Kaye Spaulding, Union Pacific Railroad, Hunter’s Texas Stone


The Three Little Kittens

Installed: 2017
Sculptor: Steve Neves
Book: “Three Bedtime Stories”
Illustrator: Garth Williams
Location: Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden at the Abilene Convention Center

Mama Cat is not happy when her three little kittens lose their mittens. Unless they find their mittens, they shall have no pie!

Sponsor:

Joyce Truitt Geis


Stuart Little

Installed: 2017
Sculptor: Steve Neves
Bronze casting: Geoff Broderick
Book: “Stuart Little”
Author: E.B. White
Illustrator: Garth Williams
Location: Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden at the Abilene Convention Center

Adventure follows this mouse wherever he goes, from sailing a boat in Central Park to saving a friend from Snowball the cat.

Sponsors:

T & T Family Foundation, Lale & B.J. Estes, Bob & Peggy Beckham


The Three Little Pigs

Installed: 2017
Sculptor: Steve Neves
Bronze casting: Geoff Broderick
Book: “Three Bedtime Stories”
Illustrator: Garth Williams
Location: Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden at the Abilene Convention Center

Three little pigs with three different houses all encounter one big, bad wolf!

Sponsors:

Joe Hawkins, Kaye Price-Hawkins & Priceless Literacy


Charlotte & Wilbur

Installed: 2017
Sculptor: Steve Neves
Bronze casting: Geoff Broderick
Book: “Charlotte’s Web”
Author: E.B. White
Illustrator: Garth Williams
Location: Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden at the Abilene Convention Center

Charlotte weaves astonishing words into her spider’s web to save her best friend, a pig named Wilbur.

Sponsor:

Betty Crowe


The Three Bears

Installed: 2017
Sculptor: Steve Neves
Book: “Three Bedtime Stories”
Illustrator: Garth Williams
Location: Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden at the Abilene Convention Center

Three bears return home to find someone sat in their chairs, tasted their porridge and laid in their beds and that someone is Goldilocks!

Sponsors:

Patti L. Jones, Jay and Lindsay Hardaway and the AVJ Foundation


Marcel & Wilfred

Installed: 2018
Sculptor: Steve Neves
Book: “This Moose Belongs to Me”
Author/Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
Location: Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden at the Abilene Convention Center

Marcel has trouble following Wilfred’s rules, such as going where the boy wants to go. Perhaps because Wilfred’s pet moose doesn’t quite realize that he belongs to anyone.

Sponsor:

Abilene Arts Alliance, Bob & Peggy Beckham, Ralph & Jill Heaven, Phil & Jane Guitar, BJ & Lale Estes and the T & T Family Foundation, Bill & Alice Wright


Mr. Tiger

Installed: 2019
Sculptor: Steve Neves
Bronze casting: Geoff Broderick and Schaefer Art Bronze
Book: “Mr. Tiger Goes Wild”
Author/Illustrator: Peter Brown
Location: Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden at the Abilene Convention Center

Mr. Tiger is bored being proper all the time. He decides to loosen up. When his friends are not supportive, he runs away to be wild. But being wild isn’t as fun without friends. Can Mr. Tiger find the best of both worlds?

Sponsors:

Dr. & Mrs. William Gandy


Otis and the Calf

Installation date: TBD
Sculptor: Steve Neves
Book: “Otis”
Author/Illustrator: Loren Long
Location: Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden at the Abilene Convention Center

Otis befriends a little calf on the farm. When the calf finds himself in a sticky situation, it’s putt puff puttedy chuff Otis to the rescue!

Sponsor:

Janet & John Garrison and Family, Mike and Dani Ramsay, Bob & Peggy Beckham, T & T Family Foundation, Lale and BJ Estes, Phil and Jane Guitar, Gay Beitscher, Betty Crowe, Joe Hawkins and Kaye Price-Hawkins, Ralph and Jill Heaven


Sculptures