I AM BIRCH By Scott Kelley

Islandport Press

I AM BIRCH book by Scott Kelley Published by Islandport Press Printed in Maine USA
  • I AM BIRCH book by Scott Kelley Published by Islandport Press Printed in Maine USA
  • I AM BIRCH book by Scott Kelley Published by Islandport Press Printed in Maine USA
  • I AM BIRCH book by Scott Kelley Published by Islandport Press Printed in Maine USA
  • $17.95

I Am Birch ia a children’s picture book published by Islandport Press in 2018. It is the debut children’s book of the acclaimed fine art painter Scott Kelley, who lives on Peaks Island in Maine’s Casco Bay.

A birch tree is the unlikely champion and protector of the forest in this story inspired by Gluskap, the heroic and kind-hearted figure of Wabanaki legends. As rumors of coming cold and darkness spread through the woods, chaos and fear grow.

In a panic to collect and store food, the animals do damage to their forest homes. The birch, now only a stump, remains firmly rooted and, with the wisdom and dry humor that only a stump can possess, helps the animals put their fears to rest.

Some of the paintings in I Am Birch were part of “Birch,” a 2017 art show exhibited at Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland, Maine. Kelley had been working on a series of paintings of Wabanaki tribal elders, and another series of animals from the Maine woods. The two fused in his imagination.

I am Birch was selected for The Original Art show, a prestigious annual exhibit curated by the Society of Illustrators in New York.

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

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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