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About the author:
Wendy Shepherd and Ken Hershenson are best friends, and - like Ernie - were born in Detroit, Michigan. They met in high school and reconnected JUST in time to join Ernie on his adventures. Wendy is a professional speaker, former early education teacher/director, writer, mom, and has been a sock monkey maker since she was 16. She created Ernie for her daughter over a quarter of a century ago. Ken works in design and technology for an international company and is an artist in his spare time, hoping to some day pursue this passion full time. Ken enjoys sharing drawing with children, because nothing is more fun than hunkering down with a bin full of crayons with little ones, listening to their stories while they color. The trio lives in Seattle, Washington, but consider Detroit, Michigan, home. Ernie, Wendy and Ken love baseball - especially the Detroit Tigers!

The tales of Ernie's adventures were first shared in Ernie's blog, and that has grown into a series of children's picture books. For more information, please visit

Ernie's Special Summer Day

an Ernie the Sock Monkey Adventure

Authored by Wendy Shepherd, Ken Hershenson
Photographs by Wendy Shepherd, Ken Hershenson

Ernie the Sock Monkey wakes up one morning, wondering what lies ahead. On this very special summer day, he goes to the beach, rides bicycles, meets a great big bear that loves to read, plays on playgrounds, visits a fair, and eats some yummy food! Most importantly, he makes many new friends. This joyful, cozy, and colorful photo picture book is for all ages of children - and their special adults - as you share this exciting tale from the perspective of a great storyteller... Ernie the Sock Monkey! You and your child will want to be friends with Ernie too, after spending this very fun and exciting day with him!

About Ernie: After many years of being stored in a box of cast-off playthings, Ernie the Sock Monkey was brought into the daylight again, going on adventures with friends Wendy and Ken. Ernie's Special Summer Day is the first of a series of books based on these adventures. Born in 1986, Ernie is one of the millions of sock monkeys handmade with love, cherished by children and adults. He is a vintage Red Heel sock monkey, a true American folk doll. Sock monkeys were first popular in the 1950s, again in the 1970s, and have been all the rage since the turn of this century!

This book is printed in the USA!

Publication Date:
146098157X / 9781460981573
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
7" x 10"
Full Color
Related Categories:
Juvenile Fiction / Toys, Dolls & Puppets

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