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I Am Birch

Hardcover, 32 pages, 8 x 10, Picture Book, Ages 4-8

ISBN: 978-1-944762-39-1

Availability: In stock


About this Book:

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. FMI:

I Am Birch by Scott Kelley
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Scott Kelley

About this Author

Artist Scott Kelley lives on an island off the coast of Maine with his wife, Gail, son, Abbott, and an imaginary pig named Lunchbox. He received a BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in Ne



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