|Posted by TINK INK Publishing on September 6, 2009 at 2:44 AM|
“The Bay Gull,” by Emerson M. Colwell Jr.
And speaking of community celebrations, check out this new cleverly titled, independently-published kids book about a sea gull who finds a bagel in Bristol and shares it on his travels. While the illustrations are fairly rudimentary pencil drawings, the concept and nod to familiar Narragansett Bay landmarks such as Prudence Island, the Newport Bridge, and the Castle Hill and Point Judith Lighthouses make it hard to resist. The book includes a fun map for kids of the flight path of the gull, from Bristol, all the way down to the southeastern tip of Block Island.
It’s clear that for Colwell—a Bristol-native—the project was labor of love, paying homage to his home state and the community in which he grew up. (He now resides in Arizona with his wife and three children.)
The author gets back to the East Bay once every year with his family and will be visiting local bookstores to promote his book this week. When asked what he missed most about life in Rhode Island, Colwell naturally said, the bay! “I love the ocean and living by the water.”
Mr. Colwell will be at Barrington Books on County Road in Barrington, Rhode Island: Thursday, July 2 at 10:30 am reading and signing copies of his books.
This column was originally published on 7.2.09 in East Bay Life - East Bay Newspapers. For story reprints, contact [email protected].
Anika Denise is a children’s book author, mother of two little girls, and the host of Thursday morning story hour (10:30 a.m.) at Barrington Books in Rhode Island. Her column "Bookmarks" is a weekly feature of the East Bay Newspapers. Bookmarks reports on new trends in children's books, discusses classic and emerging children's authors and artists, and provides suggestions and advice for parents looking for books to read to, and with, their children.