Book: Dreams of the Turtle King by Denise Bossarte and Nancy Standleecategories: Book, Watercolor Illustrations, Beach, Ocean, Sea, Marine, Children's Book, Water, Nature, Sand, Turtle, Pelican, Seascapes, Poetry
Denise Bossarteabout this book: Walking along a beach can be a contemplative, relaxing experience, but accompanied by my poetry, and the watercolor illustrations from award-winning artist Nancy Standlee, the sand and sea are just the beginning.
In 'Dreams of the Turtle King', I weave a magical spell and peel back the first layer of the natural world to reveal the vibrant life beneath. Inspired by my strolls at sunrise along the beaches of South Florida, the free verse poetry is intimate, explorative, and reflective of the deep colors of the landscape.
The things that caught my attention the most were what others would ignore, or pass by without noticing. Often, it would just be an image – perhaps a bird's wing against the sky – and as I walked, I wove these images into short, descriptive poems. I wanted to get to the heart of what I was experiencing.
'Dreams of the Turtle King' was a dream me a long before its release to the public. This book was one waiting to be completed for a long time. I wrote the poems years ago, but had to wait to find an artist whose style matched the feel of the poems. I was blessed in finding an artist as talented as Nancy.
I created 'Dreams of the Turtle King' and collaborated with Nancy Standlee to produce the illustrations. It was a labor of love. Nancy read each poem carefully, and would do hours of investigating. If there was a turtle nest in the poem, she researched its intricacies, and then created absolutely stunning imagery to complement my words. It was truly a partnership.
I think what is captivating about the book is how it combines poems and images to bring the reader back to those wonderful moments of summer vacations and carefree times at the beach. Who doesn't have a memory of splashing in the water or digging for shells? It's a book for children and for adults who are children at heart.
Betty Grummer wrote: "I grew up near beaches and both the author and illustrator captured the scenes and thoughts of beach life. As I was reading the words and looking at the lovely watercolors it even brought to my mind the sounds of the waves rolling in from the ocean"
"Having been raised on the beaches of Southern California, I found myself back there through the eyes of this author and artist. Such a little treasure chest of dreams and memories and sand under my toes," wrote PRaso.
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