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An Island Scrapbook: Dawn to Dusk on a Barrier Island
     

An Island Scrapbook: Dawn to Dusk on a Barrier Island

by Virginia Wright-Frierson
 
Before the sun rises, an artist and her daughter slip out of their cottage into the morning air to explore and record the treasures of their North Carolina barrier island. They sketch, paint, and observe the sights around them and as night falls they return to their cottage, bringing back pieces of their island home to compile this scrapbook of a special time and

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Before the sun rises, an artist and her daughter slip out of their cottage into the morning air to explore and record the treasures of their North Carolina barrier island. They sketch, paint, and observe the sights around them and as night falls they return to their cottage, bringing back pieces of their island home to compile this scrapbook of a special time and place.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Wright-Frierson's (A Desert Scrapbook) love of nature and talent as a watercolorist shine forth in this peaceful portrait of life on a barrier island off the coast of southern North Carolina. During their last week of vacation on the island, the artist narrator and her daughter rise at dawn to paint the sunrise over the salt marsh. They then walk past mudflats, through a lush maritime forest to a rainwater pond and over grass-covered sand dunes to the ocean beach. Along the way, the pair spies fiddler crabs, a heron, pelicans, egrets and bottlenose dolphins. With an assemblage of pencil sketches, spot drawings, simulated photos and hand-written notes, the double-page spreads indeed have the look of a scrapbook. Flashbacks (to a summer hurricane, to an unexpected visit by an alligator) add a dash of action to the sleepy text, which occasionally meanders (as when the narrator recalls discovering false teeth on the sand and comments, "I have heard of people losing them overboard when they get seasick"). The author issues some environmental warnings (e.g., Amy makes a list of "things that wreck the beach"), and the book offers inviting ideas about creating art and crafts from found beach objects. But the graceful graphics are the real standout and are what readers will remember most about their island tour. Ages 6-up. (Aug.)
Publishers Weekly
These companion volumes explore a North Carolina barrier island and Arizona's Sonoran Desert, respectively. Commenting that copious pencil sketches, spot drawings, simulated photos and handwritten notes give the books the look of a scrapbook, PW said of Island that "Wright-Frierson's love of nature and talent as a watercolorist shine forth." Ages 6-up. (May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Emily Ferren
An artist and her daughter enjoy a September morning exploring a North Carolina barrier island armed with sketchpads and paintbrushes. Watercolor paintings, sketches and notes help to convey the world of sun and the salt marsh through the eyes of an artist. Together, summer is discovered in birds, insects, trees, sun and ocean along with ways to protect and preserve the fragile island home.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3--Another splendid picture book by the author and illustrator of A Desert Scrapbook (S & S, 1996), this time focusing on a North Carolina barrier island. Perfectly suited to being read aloud, the first-person narrative describes what Wright-Frierson and her young daughter observe during a September day spent exploring the island where they spend the summer. Torn-out notebook pages containing snippets of information; sketches and paintings of plants and wildlife; and photolike pictures alternate with scenes of the mother and daughter walking on the beach, lunching on the dock, and gazing out at the open ocean. The accurately rendered, muted watercolors and pencil drawings on glossy paper present a vivid portrait of island ecology and convey the author's keen sense of observation. The combination of text and artwork gives readers an appealing picture of barrier island plant and animal life, both on the dunes and in the maritime forest. A carefully detailed look at a unique ecosystem, sensitively described and beautifully rendered.--Michele Snyder, Chappaqua Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
It is still dark when a mother and daughter head out to explore a North Carolinian barrier island in this shrewd, closely observed natural history. Sketch paper and watercolors at the ready, they record the unique world around them, both in paintings and note-taking, the pages of the notepads appearing as if they had fluttered down upon the handsome artwork. Readers are introduced to the salient aspects of the environment: maritime forests, the copious birdlife, yellow-bellied turtles and alligators, wind that can support the young girl as she tips forward, great heart cockles and jingle shells, mermaid's purses and ghost crabs. They witness both the bad—pollution, habitat degradation—and the good: the sublime experience of being present during a sea turtle hatch. Wright-Frierson (A Desert Scrapbook, 1996) has produced not just an admirable nature study (for that it surely is, conveying effortlessly an abundance of information in a welter of illustrations), but also a subtle, heart-gladdening love story of parent and child, who share with each other a fierce loyalty to a place, and who exhibit humility and respect toward it with no trace of sanctimony. (Picture book. 6-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689850561
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
05/01/2002
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.12(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
6 Years

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