“Finally, the spinning and scraping stopped.

And Lumpy was placed high upon a shelf. He didn’t feel very lumpy anymore. Now he had a shape, sides, a top and a bottom. He even had an inside and an outside.

The days passed and Lumpy began to dry.

He felt a bit crusty but soon he started to feel stronger than ever.”

Christopher Packard

Christopher Packard

Christopher is a storyteller, high school science teacher, and outdoor adventurer. He and his family live on a tiny farm near Bangor, Maine, where he gardens, makes stuff, raises chickens, and gets into trouble. He is also the author of Mythical Creatures of Maine: Fantastic Beasts from Legend and Folklore.

Lumpy’s Gift 

Written by Christopher Packard
Illustrated by Jill Packard

e-book 978-1-961905-00-9
softcover 978-1-961905-01-6
hardcover 978-1-961905-33-7

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December 2023 | 42 pages


Lumpy is a lump of clay and is about to be taken on the adventure of a lifetime! At first, he is scared when he is taken from his home by a well-meaning potter who does “terrible” things to him. But by the end, Lumpy has become something extraordinary, something he never knew he wanted to be. This delightful tale will help children learn not only about clay and pottery but also about how all those little things people make us do (like school, exercise, and eating right) help make it possible to find our true potential.

Jill Packard

Jill Packard

Jill is a nonprofit executive, small business owner, and artist. Despite owning a pottery kiln and wheel, she does not work with clay nearly as much as she wants to. Jill lives with Christopher and their children on their tiny farm, where she gardens, writes music, and makes the world a better place.

Take a peek inside the book and discover the magical journey of Lumpy, a lump of clay turned into extraordinary pottery.

Lumpy’s Gift is a truly imaginative and creative take on the children’s book narrative. Memorable, heartfelt, and entertaining.”

—Anthony Avina, Author Anthony Avina’s Blog

“A fun and educational read that kids and adults alike will enjoy. Lumpy’s Gift is for the whole family, teachers in the classroom, anyone who holds a camp or outside event that involves nature or craft classes, and people who want to find a new way to be creative with their hands. So buy a copy. You won’t regret it.”

—Brent, Scribble’s Worth

“This is a delightful little story of how wild clay can become tamed into a useful piece of pottery BUT it’s also a smart story about how change can make us stronger. With sweet illustrations and accessible language, the author and illustrator help young would-be potters understand the process of turning clay into cups and fear into pride. It’s a charming tale for all. I especially appreciate the accurate informational end matter for those children that might be just a little more curious!”


“The lessons of resilience and growth shine through this delightful story with its charming images and timeless message. You and your kids will love it over and over again!”

—Diane D’Amour, art teacher

“I enjoyed your book! Lumpy is a fun and engaging character, and I loved your use of adjectives as pop-out words all the way through your book.”

—Sylvia Ferrell, first- and second-grade elementary school teacher

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