by Anna E. Jordan
Bathed in summer warmth and the smell of balsam, children listen to a story gathered at the feet of an author. This idyllic scene is Summer Stories by the Forest—hosted by the Friends School of Portland each Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. This summer, Islandport authors Melissa Kim and Brenda Reeves Sturgis will present at Summer Stories by the Forest on June 28th and July 26th respectively. The event is open to children four to nine-years old and their parents as well as the children in the Friends School of Portland Summer Camp.
Today, June 28th, Melissa Kim, author of the Wildlife on the Move stories will join with Maine Audubon educator Kimberley Sanders for a reading and animal presentation. The Wildlife on the Move Series includes A Snowy Owl Story, A Little Brown Bat Story, and the newest A Blanding Turtle Story. Each book is inspired by true stories of animals and all the people who are working to help them.
On July 26th, Brenda Reeves Sturgis will read her Islandport Press picture book The Lake Where Loon Lives. The Lake Where Loon Lives starts quietly, but the cumulative story builds, one line at a time, to a wacky and wonderful and splashy crescendo, as the loons are joined by a playful fly, a slippery fish, and a curious boy on the dock. The book lends itself to an interactive reading that is fun for all.
Save June 28th and July 26th for Summer Stories by the Forest!