What-Cha Doing?

What-Cha Doing?


Kim Renton

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Grampa’s tapping trees; Dad’s boiling sap in the evaporator house; Gramma’s making maple butter; Mom’s wrapping maple cream; and his sisters are breaking up maple candy.

Ben’s hoping for a sweet treat, but everyone tells him he’ll have to wait. Then everything is ready, but Ben is missing.

—A maple syrup picture book


Kim Renton, author

Kim Renton and her husband, Dale, operate a maple ridge that has been in the Renton family for five generations. She enjoys explaining how maple products are made to visitors. What-Cha Doing? was inspired by the many questions children ask when they visit their Stilesville sugar camp in the spring.

Tamara Thiebaux Heikalo , illustrator

Tamara Thiebaux Heikalo has illustrated numerous children’s books including Mayann’s Train Ride and Driftwood Dragons and Other Seaside Poems which were both shortlisted for the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration. She lives in rural Quebec with her husband, Daniel Heikalo.


  • Tamara Thiébaux Heikalo’s folksy illustrations immerse the reader in the maple syrup season, both outdoors and indoors. The closeness of the characters and the snowy scenes make for a cozy read. - Tanya Boudreau, Canadian Review of Library Materials Link to review

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Chocolate River Publishing

email: chocolateriverpublishing@gmail.com

website: https://www.chocolateriver.ca/

rights available: World

Additional Information

age range: 6-9

publication date: 03/21/2019

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book