Ptimothy Ptarmigan
A Children's Book for Readers of all Ages

Ptimothy Ptarmigan


A Children’s Book for Readers of all Ages (yes, that included adults!)

Ptimothy Ptarmigan: Here Again … Gone Again

By Frank J. Daniels © 2012

Illustrated by Karl Nicholason


hardcover with dust jacket (with scuff resistant lamination)

10¼ by 10¼ inch full color format– 40 pages with 8 full page illustrations and 10 smaller illustrations


$20 each plus $5 postage/handling for the first copy in the US– free postage/handling for additional books in the same order. Colorado recipients will be charged sales tax. Send me an email and I will send you a PayPal invoice –

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*** 2013 EVVY Award - Silver Medalist
- Colorado Independent Publishers Association


"When an author with a profound understanding of the natural world combines that sensibility with an extraordinary gift for storytelling, a classic is born. Add brilliant illustrations and —Voilà — a treasured children’s book is brought to life that will be handed down by families for generations. Ptimothy Ptarmigan … is just such a book.

 …insightful book about nature in all its wonder.

 This book, sure to delight all ages, is a teacher’s dream.

 The reader will be introduced to intellectually stimulating forms of language including alliteration, oxymorons, poetry, puns, and palindromes.

 I loved this book.

-Grand Valley Magazine - November 2012


Grand Valley Books - 350 Main Street, Grand Junction, Colorado

Crystal Books and Gifts - 439 Main Street, Grand Junction, Colorado

From the Dust Jacket -

This endearing narrative of Ptimothy Ptarmigan and his friends on Mount Massive in central Colorado features high alpine residents Marcus Marmot, Ada Pika, and a hermitic poet named the Poet Good. The book recounts their ordeal in a severe winter, Ptimothy’s friendship with the poet, and his subsequent journey, at time perilous and at times joyous, to the city of Denver where he meets a lovely local pigeon named Penny, learns of the ways of man, and attends, to his utter joy, a performance of the symphony.

In this tale of wonder and wanderlust, author Frank Daniels employs appealing and intellectually stimulating forms of language that will interest and excite young readers— including  alliteration, oxymorons, poetry,  puns, and palindromes.

A marvelously entertaining epic adventure, filled with action, danger, suspense, reverence, and affection.


Karl Nicholason is a native Californian who has lived in Colorado on and off (here again, gone again) since 1960, including a stint as a student at The Art Institute of Colorado. He holds numerous awards for his illustrations including the Athena award for best four-color illustration,  awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Saint Louis Art Directors Club (gold medal), the Philadelphia Art Directors Club (silver medal), and the Society of Publication Designers (merit award). One of his paintings resides in the Permanent Collection of Fine Art at the Western Colorado Center for the Arts.

Frank Daniels and daughter, Prudence, at summit of Mount Elbert, Colorado's highest mountain.

Author on South Elbert.

Prudence on Mount Massive with the city of Leadville in her hand.

Marmot enjoying the view on Mount Elbert.