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Fish House Door

Robert Baldwin Astrid Sheckels

36 pages
Islandport Press
Shawn comes from a long line of island lobstermen. His father, grandfather, and great-grandfather have all hauled traps, baited pockets, painted buoys, and cleaned their brushes on the door of the same fish house for decades. To Shawn, it's just a weathered old piece of wood with broken hinges. But when an art dealer comes to visit, he gives Shawn a new perspective on the fish house door, and a fresh look at the people and traditions that have shaped his past and will chart his future. The Fish House Door, illustrated by rising star Astrid Sheckels, won the 2010 Moonbeam Award (Gold Medal) for Best Picture Book in the All Ages category.
Author Bio
Robert F. Baldwin (1934-2007) was a modern day troubadour, singing, playing the banjo, and collecting and telling stories wherever he went. Born in Norfolk, Virginia, he attended twelve grade schools and the excitement of exploring new places stayed with him all his life. His articles and stories about the sea, the people who work on it, and the creatures that live in it have appeared in Sea Frontiers, Down East, Offshore, Maine Boats and Harbors, and Yankee. His children's books include New England Whaler: This is the Sea That Feeds Us and Cities Through Time: Beijing. After living in Virginia, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Iowa, he settled in Newcastle, Maine, where he first heard the story of the fish house door.