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The Fish House Door

Hardcover, 36 pages, Children's, Ages 4-9

ISBN: 978-1-934031-30-8



About this Book:

Winner, Children's Book, 2011 Maine Literary Award

Gold Medal, Picture Book (All Ages), 2010 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award

Shawn comes from a long line of island lobstermen. His father, grandfather, and great-grandfather have all hauled traps, baited pockets, painted buoys and cleaned their brushes on the door of the same fish house for decades. To Shawn, it's just a weathered old piece of wood with broken hinges. But when an art dealer comes to visit, he gives Shawn a new perspective on the fish house door, giving him a fresh look at the people and traditions that have shaped his past and will chart his future.

The Fish House Door

"I've got a very special place in my heart for Maine books. Written by Maine authors. Published by Maine publishers. So I'm not surprised I fell in love with the book. The sweet story of a boy named Shawn who finds that value is in the eye of the beholder. A typical Maine family passing down the skills of the trade and generations of wisdom. The descriptive language of this book paired with the incredible illustrations will put you right on Maine's coast. The art work is comprised of gorgeous paintings and rich colors. My daughter especially loved the buoys."
––Melissa Marquis, Children's Book Review (Instagram, @childrens_book_review)

“The Fish House Door by Robert F. Baldwin is a vivid glance at small time life by the shore in Maine. The story has surprising depth for a children's book: it explores moments of quiet companionship between father and son, as well as a gentle message about what defines beauty and value.”
—The Black Sheep Dances

“Highly recommended. This should become a family classic handed down to each new generation for years to come.”
—Working Waterfront

Robert F. Baldwin

About this Author

Robert F. Baldwin (1934-2007) was a modern day troubadour, singing, playing the banjo and collecting and telling stories wherever he went. Born in Norfolk, Virginia, he attended 12 grade schools and the excitement of



About this Illustrator

Astrid Sheckels was born and raised in the farming town of Hatfield, Massachusetts. She cannot remember a time when she wasn't listening to, telling or illustrating stories. She grew up with her father's and grandfath



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