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Breakthrough book about J.K.Rowling’s work, and the ties her series has with religion and its influence with the 9/11 generation

413f8NUwPXL._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_Marilyn R. Pukkila will read from and sign her book The Skill of a Seeker: Rowling, Religion, and Gen 9/11 on January 10th at the Waterville Public Library, from 2 to 4 pm.

Marilyn’s book is considered a breakthrough in research about Rowling’s work, and the ties her series has with spirituality, religion and its influence with the 9/11 generation.

“This is a book for everyone: the 9/11 generation, who view their lives through the prism of Harry Potter’s experiences, and their elders who seek to understand them. It has much to say to those who have never read the series but struggle as Harry Potter does to accept death and achieve integrity,” wrote Debra Campbell as an endorsement. Campbell is a Professor of Religious Studies at Colby College.

Pukkila’s book helps us understand the continued success of the Harry Potter series, and the impact it has had, and continues to have, on our ever-changing society.

“Marilyn R. Pukkila has delved deep into the world of the spirit and the world of J.K. Rowling. Like Hermione Granger, she brings intelligence and research to bear on her subject, but like Harry himself she also brings a deep love, both for stories and for spirit, teasing out the threads of Rowling’s moral and ethical framework, and suggesting ways that framework may influence millions of young readers and viewers in an increasingly secular age,” endorsed author Jane Raeburn in the book.

Marilyn answers some compelling questions about the Harry Potter series:

What inspired you to do your research?

“I taught a course at Colby College on religious responses to Harry Potter in January of 2010.  I realized from that course that many students didn’t have much in the way of religious background, but that they were comfortable exploring religious and spiritual questions through the medium of Harry Potter because Rowling presented those concepts in a non-denominational fashion.  Read more

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Snowy Owl Maine’s children’s book

Islandport Press has partnered with Maine Audubon to produce and distribute a new children’s board (on thick board instead of paper) book that will tell the story of a displaced Snowy Owl. The book, slated for release in February, 2015, is expected to be the first in a new series called “Wildlife on the Move.” The book will be launched at Maine Audubon’s annual Winter Carnival celebration on February 14 at their Gilsland Farm headquarters in Falmouth.

The book, A Snowy Owl Story, is written by children’s book author and editor, Melissa Kim, and illustrated by Jada Fitch.

“We are thrilled to partner with Islandport Press for this exciting project,” noted Eric Topper, Education Director at Maine Audubon. Read more

Maine Island puppy children’s ABC book in four languages

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Finally, a children’s book in four languages! Here is an example of some of the playful, educational pages in Clipper’s ABC’s, plus the front and back.

Adventure with Clipper, the adorable Maine island puppy, as he takes children into his world, while teaching them their ABC’s in English, French, Spanish, and Japanese. One painting leads into the next, as children follow bubbles throughout the book. This unique concept gives children continuity, as they discover other languages.

Place your order now. Send a check or money order for $17.95 + $3 for shipping and handling.

Please use paypal at duhoux2@tds.net or send a check or money order to: Polar Bear & Co., PO Box 311, Solon, Maine., 04979.

Clipper’s ABC’s in four languages is also available as a 18 x 24 inch poster to put on any child’s wall. The bright playful puppy not only will help teach your child their ABC’s but he’ll also take them on a journey around the world by translating words from English to French, Spanish and Japanese.

The poster is only $18 including shipping and handling.

Any Maine school may have the poster free.

Any teacher purchasing 2 or more Clipper Books can receive a free poster!
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It also comes framed in oak for $42 plus $5 shipping and handling. It looks wonderful in a child’s room or school room.

Robert McCloskey watercolors reproduced from books such as ‘Blueberries for Sal’

Blueberries_for_SalThe illustrations of Robert McCloskey in books like ‘Blueberries for Sal, or ‘Make way for Ducklings’ are mainstays that reminds people of their childhood.

“We are ecstatic to have this opportunity to work with the McCloskey family,” said Dede Wilder, lead designer and co-founder of Maine Arts Publishing. “Not only is it an honor to work with Robert McCloskey’s images as a graphic designer, but to be part of a project that will bring his work to another generation of young people in new graphic forms beyond his traditional books.”

A Brunswick, Maine, company- Maine Arts Publishing- now will be making prints, paper, posters, notecards and flipbooks featuring McCloskey’s characters. The watercolorist lived on Deer Isle until his death in 2003. Many of his books capture life on Maine’s coast.

The publishing company was founded in 2012 and is located in Brunswick at the Fort Andross Mill.The new product line will be introduced at the New England Made Giftware & Specialty Food Show in Portland.

Opportunity for kids to create an adventure book at Portland Public Library

From Maine Insights:

Portland Ovations and the Oak Street Studios have teamed up at the Portland Public Library on Saturday on March 29th from 11:00am to noon, for a family friendly, bookmaking workshop.

Using picture books for inspiration, such as We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown, participants will be invited to create a character that travels through an adventure book of their own making. This workshop is free and open to families young and old. Children 10 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

As a part of an on-going collaboration between Portland Ovations, Portland Public Library and Oak Street Studios, the workshop is in conjunction with Portland Ovations Family Series performance at Merrill Auditorium on April 5th of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt directed by Sally Cookson. It will be filled with catchy songs, interactive scenes and plenty of hands-on adventure- plus a few special surprises. Read more

Major book publisher, Polar Bear & Company in Central Maine

Polar Bear & Company has been printing quality books and art since 1997 in Solon, Central Maine.

Vision:

We strive to enhance the quality of life through literature and art.

Mission:

To give well-intentioned, creative people avenues for their words, wisdom, wit and other talents so they can reach individuals to make stronger communities.

Democracy flourishes when creativity is allowed freedom of expression.

We publish books and produce art to open one’s imagination and to inspire.

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Maine children’s books

Seasons

Captures the curiosity that children naturally have about the world and the seasons.

Engages through exciting adventures of the imagination — from pumpkins that come alive to the dragons of stormy weather.

Calms with reflective rhymes that look closely at the beauty of the changing year.

Extensively and beautifully illustrated to compliment the elegance of the text.

Ideal for the classroom, with poems and original ideas accessible and familiar to very young children, while the pen and ink style invites older kids to read without embarrassing color pictures for “little kids.” Likewise adults will enjoy the renewed vision of seeing through the eyes of a child. Read more

Seasons by David Kroner and Ramona du Houx

Captures the curiosity that children naturally have about the world and the seasons.

Engages through exciting adventures of the imagination — from pumpkins that come alive to the dragons of stormy weather.

Calms with reflective rhymes that look closely at the beauty of the changing year.

Extensively and beautifully illustrated to compliment the elegance of the text.

Ideal for the classroom, with poems and original ideas accessible and familiar to very young children, while the pen and ink style invites older kids to read without embarrassing color pictures for “little kids.” Likewise adults will enjoy the renewed vision of seeing through the eyes of a child. Read more