As this year's Trawler Fest-Anacortes draws near, here's news about a special outcome from last year's event. A friendship and working relationship began between me and another passagemaker owner, Penny Talbot, of British Columbia. We met at a seminar on getting your book published; realized we were soul-mates; and had a journey to make together.
That journey is complete as our project is ready for the world. I am happy to announce to you and the entire Passagemaker family of our new book, HOW BOATS WORK, as told by Arnold the Anchor. I wrote the rhyme and she cleverly illustrated the story, in color, as it unfolds over 40 pages. It is aimed at 4-7 year olds, but I have dubbed it a "nautical tale for children of all ages" as adults can learn from it too as they read to their little ones.
In this book, Arnold takes the reader on a guided tour through his boat (based on our boat, TEKA III), introducing the different pieces of equipment that make a boat run, giving each a name to remember them by, and describing in rhyme what they actually do. Jobs are based on two criteria: "on duty," or "off duty." This valuable learning experience has not been dealt with in earlier children's books, and this new information will be carry over when kids read about boats in other books.
Denis and I and TEKA III have been involved with Passagemaker people; writing for the magazine; doing presentations here and there over the past 14 years; and sharing our life and experiences on the water with anyone who wants to hear them. Life is special and we need to seize the moment when we can.
So, raise your glass for Arnold, the Anchor! And long live TEKA III! She's 33 years old this year, and still going strong bringing people together, as she has done over our 17 years as her owner.
The book can be ordered by visitng www.teka3.com.