A Packrat Named Orange

Display of books for sale at the Des Moines Marble Show, June 3, 2023

A Packrat Named Orange

“A pleasant tale of art from a pack rat’s perspective.” ~ Kirkus Reviews

Meet Orange, a beguiling little packrat with the eye of an artist and the heart of a thief. Based on the actual mysterious disappearance of decorative marbles from her front garden, author Cathy Callen has created a whimsical tale that will delight young children and the adults who love to read to them.  

~Kathy Koplik

As the narrator states: “She couldn’t help it. She was a packrat and that’s what packrats do.” So do Cathy Callen and Barbara Waterman-Peters, who can’t help collecting just the right number of words and watercolor brushstrokes to bring this enchanting story to life.

 ~Stephen T. Johnson, Caldecott Honor Recipient, and
Best-Selling Children’s Author and Illustrator

Cathy's Books:


All five books are available for purchase.

  • A Packrat Named Orange (ISBN 978-0-9884716-4-1) can be ordered through Meadowlark Press of Emporia, Kansas. Here is a direct link for purchasing it: meadowlarkbookstore.com/product/a-packrat-named-orange/318. It is also available through direct contact with the author at [email protected], and from the illustrator, Barbara Waterman-Peters, at her studio, 831 N Kansas Avenue, Topeka, on First Fridays from 4:00-8:00, or by appointment at 785-224-5728.
  • Marble Shorts can be ordered through Meadowlark Press of Emporia, Kansas, by contacting meadowlarkbookstore.com.
  • Ginkgo Glen and Words in Rows, Poetry and Prose are both available on Amazon.
  • Running out of Footprints is still available; contact the author at [email protected]