Learn to Tie a Bowline Knot used by Fishermen in the “Bay State Skye”
Mike just taught me how to tie a bowline knot. I learned about these knots when doing research for my new book “Bay State Skye.” (due to be released in May, 2018) They’re used by fishermen to tie their boats to pylons because once tied, the loop doesn’t tighten. Mike learned how to tie bowline knots in the Boy Scouts. It’s really fun once you get the hang of it. Grab a piece of rope and give it a try!
“Perfection To A Fault” Book Featurette
To celebrate the book’s second printing, we’ve returned to the scene of the crime!
In celebration of the second printing of Perfection To A Fault, as the 100th anniversary of this captivating story approaches, we’ve returned to many of the locations in Ossipee that were crucial to this historical, true crime story. We want to thank the Ossipee Historical Society for giving us access to the court room where the Small Murder Trial actually took place.
Horseshoe Crabs from Head to Feet
Have you ever wondered how you can distinguish a male horseshoe crab from a female one? Come along to a tidal flat and explore a horseshoe crab’s habitat to learn lots of fun facts about horseshoe crabs.
Introducing a Story for the First Time
How do you introduce a story where a lot of the information included in the book may be new to children listening? Create a well thought out introduction that will help children to understand the story. This video was recently recorded at a Barnes & Noble Storytime, and is a suggestion of one way to introduce the book, “Something’s Tugging on My Claw!” We’d love to hear your suggestions of other successful ways you’ve used to introduce a new story to your children or class.
“Did You Make the Hole in the Shell in the Sea?” – An Introduction
If you’re a reading teacher, you know how important it is to activate prior knowledge and build background information before reading a new story. This is an introduction that I presented for my book, “Did You Make the Hole in the Shell in the Sea?” to a group of children in a Storytime at Barnes & Noble Booksellers. It was lots of fun being a part of Barnes & Noble’s “Finding Dory” event. Enjoy!!
Come Explore a Lobster Trap
This video takes viewers on a tour of a two parlor lobster trap at the Head of the Harbor in Gloucester, Massachusetts. See how a lobster trap works, and how young lobsters escape. The lobster fisherman who owns this trap likes the two parlor trap best, because sometimes lobsters can figure out a way to back through one parlor funnel by somersaulting out, but they seldom are able to escape both parlors. He also likes using this trap because of all the built in escape hatches that let short lobsters get away. The younger lobsters often use the traps as a food source, yet on the seventh year when most lobsters are a legal size to take, the lobsters usually get caught. But for a while, the trap is like a restaurant for young lobsters! I love learning new things from the lobster fishermen I meet!
Search for Sand Dollars on Crane Beach
Click on this video to see beautiful Crane Beach in Ipswich, Massachusetts, and explore the intertidal zone. Learn what pattern to look for in the sand to find live sand dollars just below the surface. See how different a living sand dollar looks from the shell it leaves behind when it’s no longer alive. Did you know that those “dove” shaped pieces that people find in empty sand dollar shells are actually the sand dollar’s teeth? Come along and explore this fascinating habitat.
Come Along on a Shark Tooth Hunt!
Click on the video below to come along on a shark tooth hunt! After matching each type of shark tooth to the shark that may have been wearing it as part of its smile, we found that shark teeth shapes can vary depending on whether they’re from the upper or lower jaw, a younger or older shark, or whether the shark is a male or female. But once we delved into the fascinating subject of shark teeth, it became very clear, a shark definitely did NOT make the hole in the shell in the sea!
The Bumpy, Lumpy Horseshoe Crab in Real Life
Even though The Bumpy Lumpy Horseshoe Crab is a fictitious tale, the horseshoe crabs in the story exhibit the same behaviors as they do in real life. Watch the horseshoe crabs in the video below, to discover what parts of the story really are true.
Two Favorite Horseshoe Crabs
Return to the Sea
Our author visits and sea animal programs are finished for the summer, so it’s time to take two of the horseshoe crabs that you met this year back to the beach where we found them.
Our Model Lobster “Loki”
Returns To Life in the Ocean
We recently released the lobster that we used as a model for the illustrations in our book, “Something’s Tugging on My Claw!” We’re thrilled that Loki’s back in the sea again, and are excited that he lives on in the pages of our illustrated children’s book.