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I am Birch | Book | Scott Kelley


A birch tree is an 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 very 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. Acclaimed fine art painter Scott Kelley used his portraits of Wabanaki tribal elders as a springboard for the extraordinary paintings that make this a children’s book like no other.

Peaks Island artist and author Scott Kelley uses earnings from this book to fund a nonprofit that will make grants to help Wabanaki artists buy materials and supplies.

Written by Scott Kelley
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 32
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Ages: 4-8
ISBN: 978-1-944762-39-1
Publication Date: 2018
Dimensions: 8.0 x 10.0 x 0.38

This product is available at the Center for Maine Craft in West Gardiner.

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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. Her newest picture book, The Old Mainer and the Sea, is to be released by Islandport Press in October 2017. Jean and her husband live on the coast of Maine.

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. Her work can be found online at www.maridieumegardart.com and in personal collections across the United States.

Shipping Measurements

Weight 0.82 lbs
Dimensions 11 × 10 × 1 in