Winnie & John


WINNIE: Graduated The Cooper Union Art School/NYC
Illustrated 7 children's books for Western Publishing/Golden Books - Whitman
Illustrated Ecology Text - Allyn & Bacon/Boston (College level)
Illustrated text for Music Book (5th Grade Level) Allyn & Bacon/Boston
Illustrated Covers and 70 Full-color Units - D.C. Heath Reading Caravan (6 books)
Illustrated You and Space Travel - Children's Press/Chicago
Illustrated You and Your Amazing Mind - Children's Press/Chicago
Design and covers for Arithmetic Series-D.C. Heath/Boston (Grades 1-6)
Illustrated Spanish Text - Scott Foresman/Chicago
Illustrated Hymnal for United Church Press/Boston - Philadelphia
6 years - Artist for Children's Protective Services of the Mass. Society for Protection of Children

JOHN: Attended New England Conservatory of Music/Boston
Performing jazz saxophone player - 25 years
Wrote music for multimedia projects - Educational Development Center/Cambridge
Wrote music and lyrics for Boston Educational Research: filmstrips
Wrote music and lyrics for Unitarian Church: multimedia packages
Introduced Jazz Workshop at Cape Cod Conservatory of Music
Taught Beginning Woodwinds at Cape Cod Conservatory of Music
Wrote music and lyrics for Honeywell Video Project: Becoming - produced by Lew Schwartz
Wrote and performed musical soundtrack for short film, Throw Me a Rainbow - produced by Marjorie Lenk.
TOGETHER: 1972-1973: Wrote and illustrated 4 picture books (illustrated songs)
and Teachers' Guide: (Addison Wesley)
A Mouse In My House

A Room FuIl of Animals
A Mouse in My House
The Meddybemps Fair
The Bright Yellow Rope

The Bright Yellow Rope

1974: The series became a multi-media package called Sing Me A-Story (Salenger/California).
1974: Wrote The Briar Patch a children's musical, produced and performed on Cape Cod.
1976-1982: Performed their own material, with jazz trio, in schools on Cape Cod.
1978: Wrote and produced Nessie the Water Monster a children's musical, performed Cape Cod and Boston,
as a fundraiser for National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Mass. Chapter.
1980: Random House adopted A Mouse in My House for their student paperback book club.
1984-1989: Wrote and produced on audio-cassette the musical fantasies of Rufus & Nellie Rabbit:
The Briar Patch Fable, AIIagash!, The Pumpkin Tree, a trilogy with environmental themes.
1986-1989: Painted murals from their musicals on the walls of the children’s section of the Sandwich Public Library.
1990: Their song, Octopus Rag, was recorded by Lou Colombo for Concord Jazz.
1991: The Planet Earth Musical Revue performed at Sandwich High School Theatre
Houston/Fitch Environmental Songs
1992, Spring: Mother’s Day with Mother Earth: The Planet Earth Musical Revue performed in extended form
at Cape Cod Community College Theatre. A benefit for Association for the Preservation of Cape Cod.
1992, Fall: Released audio cassette, Hello From Planet Earth. 16 songs from
Dolphins & Daffodils & Human-Beans: The Planet Earth Songbook.
1993: Released Mother’s Garden: 22 songs from The Planet Earth Songbook.
1995: Released Mother Earth’s Magic: 21 more songs from The Planet Earth Songbook.
Released the The Planet Earth Songbook Volume 1 & 2 CDs and accompanying CD-ROM.
2005: Released Aunt Winnie & Uncle John's Storysongs CD.
2007: Released My Friend Nessie double CD - a jazzy musical fantasy.

2008: nationally-known woodcarver, Paul White, and Winnie Fitch collaborated on a 4’ x 4’ carved,
painted wood bas-relief of Winnie’s Mermaid on Octopus.

See Paul’s beautiful work at .



As of April 2007, all Hedgerow Studios stories & songs are available as CDs or DVD ROM at Also as digital downloads and/or CD rental from,, and for libraries. For other purchasing information on Hedgerow stories & songs visit To see Winnie Fitch poster art visit

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contact: John Houston & Winnie Fitch
Hedgerow Studios West
2675 Emerald Street
Eugene, OR  97403

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