Jan. 26, 2018
Saint Vincent College alumna, Kathleen Dillon, illustrated Paul J. Volkmann’s new book, A Talk with Delbert and other Creatures of Southwestern Pennsylvania. The book teaches readers about wildlife through fictional conversations with animals, and is complemented by Dillon’s large illustrations of the wildlife.
Dillon began her undergraduate studies at Saint Vincent College in 2012 where she majored in computing and information science with minors in graphic design and photography. While at Saint Vincent, she worked as an intern for Information Age Technologies in Mt. Pleasant as a software analyst. During her senior year, she worked for the Marketing and Communications Department under the guidance of George Fetkovich, art director at Saint Vincent College.
Dillon graduated in 2016 and was hired by Blue Sky Sign Company in Greensburg as a graphic designer.
A native of North Huntingdon, Dillon attended Queen of Angels Catholic School in Irwin and Greensburg Central Catholic High School. A member of the Roman Catholic Church, she is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Dillon.
Each chapter of A Talk with Delbert and other Creatures of Southwestern Pennsylvania features an interview with a different animal, teaching children about how local wildlife meets their mates, brings up their young and faces their threats. The animals interviewed are deer, rabbits, turkey, groundhog, shrew, opossum, raccoon, beaver, chipmunk and a black bear. In addition to Dillon’s illustrations which accompany the narrative, every chapter contains a picture for children to color.
When Latrobe area resident and conservationist Scott Minster commented on Volkmann’s new book, he spoke of it “…as being fun, entertaining and informative for kids and adults alike.” Volkmann’s book is a “unique and creative way for us to learn more about habits of wildlife found, quite literally, in our backyards,” Minster stated as part of his endorsement for the book.
Books may be purchased by logging into https:/store.book.baby.com/book/A-Talk-With-Delbert, or by emailing Volkmann at firstname.lastname@example.org. E-book versions can be found on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.
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