Tobias: Tales From the Past at the Old Stone House

Sammy visits The Old Stone House with his grandmother and learns more from Tobias about the amazing history of Morgantown, WV


The Old Stone House, one of the oldest historical structures in Morgantown, has a story to tell and a place in West Virginia history. Those who lived in this historic home shaped the very fabric of their community. In this beautifully illustrated book, Sammy visits the Old Stone House with his grandmother and unexpectedly meets Tobias, a remarkable mouse who is also the keeper of the family journal, one which brings to life the compelling history of the town while interweaving the fictional lives of Tobias’ ancestors. This story of family, tradition and legacy is meant to provide our youth with a passion for history, a history which is worth celebrating and preserving.

 What People Say

Tobias is up to his old tricks! Cookie Schultz introduced me to this mouse a few years back. He lives at the Old Stone House on Chestnut Street in Morgantown, West Virginia, which makes him one of my constituents, and he’s quite an historian. In Cookie’s first book Tobias: The Mouse in the Old Stone House, Tobias shared the adventures of his ancestors in Morgan’s Town, much to my delight as well as for the enjoyment of the younger members of my community.

Tobias’ Activity & Workbook for Young Learners continues the tale with illustrations and activities to entertain along the way. With insight into early frontier life, Tobias’ story provides a creative perspective to arouse curiosity and introduce the young reader to the joys of history.

I most whole-hardly recommend that you make Tobias’ acquaintance.

Wm. A. Kawecki, Mayor, City of Morgantown WV


Cookie Soldo Schultz








5.5 x 8.5

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About the Author

Mary Louise “Cookie” Soldo Schultz, recently retired from the Honors College at West Virginia University, has enjoyed more than a forty-year career in primary, secondary, and higher education. She is the recipient of numerous teaching awards and has received prestigious grants, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the West Virginia Humanities Council and a Quarry Farm Fellowship from the Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College. Cookie holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in French Language and Literature and Art History. Her publications include a chapter entitled “Studies in France” in Blanche Lazzell: The Life and Work of an American Modernist (2004), the essay on Blanche Lazzell in the West Virginia Encyclopedia (2006) and a children’s book entitled Tobias: The Mouse in the Old Stone House (2015) which is the first in this series and has received an honorable mention in the London Book Festival and a Mom’s Choice Gold Award. She co-authored, with her husband Bernie, the Instructor’s Manual for the sixth edition of H.W. Janson’s History of Art (2001) and a chapter entitled “Cass Gilbert and the Classical Tradition” in Cass Gilbert’s West Virginia State Capital (2014). Cookie authored the essay on Blanche Lazzell in Central to Their Lives: Southern Women Artists in the Johnson Collection (2018). Her most recent activity is the co-creation of a podcast on a canto from Dante’s Divine Comedy for the Dante Society of America (2020). Cookie lives in Morgantown with her husband.