The Old Mainer and the Sea

Islandport Press

The Old Mainer and the Sea Published by Islandport Press Printed in Maine USA
  • The Old Mainer and the Sea Published by Islandport Press Printed in Maine USA
  • The Old Mainer and the Sea Published by Islandport Press Printed in Maine USA
  • $17.95

The Old Mainer and the Sea is an allegorical tale about the circular nature of hope and deliverance.

Eben goes out fishing one day, rowing six miles from his island home towards the harbor on the mainland, hauling in cod as he goes. But a porpoise tangles his lines, fog rolls in, and an accident leads to a broken oar.

Lonely, tired, and adrift, Eben is almost ready to give in to the embrace of the sea, when rescue comes in an unexpected form.

This beautiful Maine tale is written by Jean Mary Flahive and illustrated with magical paintings by Mari Dieumegard.

- Hardcover picture book
- 32 pages
- Recommended for children ages 4-8

Writer Jean Flahive has a passion for shedding light on lesser known pieces of Maine history, blending historical realities with works of fiction. She is co-author of two children’s picture books, Remember Me, Tomah: Joseph’s Gift to Franklin Roosevelt, which won a 2009 Moonbeam Gold Award, and The Galloping Horses of Willowbrook, which was a finalist in the 2012 Maine Literary Awards. She is also the author of two young adult historical fictions, Billy Boy, the Sunday Soldier of the 17th Maine and Railroad to the Moon, Elijah’s Story.

Mari Dieumegard is an artist and illustrator. She was born and raised in Alaska, but her home is a yellow house with purple doors near a lake in Maine which she shares with her husband and two children. She is a graduate of the Maine College of Art with a BFA in Painting.

Islandport Press is a dynamic, award-winning publisher dedicated to stories rooted in the essence and sensibilities of New England.

Based in Yarmouth, Maine, Islandport Press was founded in 1999 and published its first book in 2000. Since then, the company has published well over a hundred books by a diverse array of New England writers and illustrators.

Islandport Press promotes local writers and illustrators by not only publishing their work but also by supporting authors through the daunting publishing process. They are a small, locally-minded press that seeks to share information to help aspiring writers navigate their way along the path to publication.

Interested in installing a “story walk” in your home or community? Islandport Press sells a few of their books deconstructed and enlarged into 11” by 17” spreads and printed on heavy card stock ready to mount on posts, display cases, or walls. They can also work with you to make more permanent installations or develop other Islandport books into a story walk.

From the publisher: “We strive to capture and explore the grit, heart, beauty, and infectious spirit of the region by telling tales, real and imagined, that can be appreciated in many forms by readers, dreamers, and adventurers everywhere.”

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