Wednesday, August 14, 2013; 11 a.m.
Location: Penobscot Marine Museum, 40 East Main St., Searsport, ME, Searsport, ME
Contact: Kathy Goldner; (207) 548-2529
Author Lucinda Hathaway will be at the Penobscot Marine Museum on Wednesday, August 14th beginning at 11 AM for a fun filled morning of high seas adventure and travel-inspired art!
Lucinda, who lives in Camden, Maine in the summer, is the author of two very popular chapter books for children (ages 8-12) about a young Japanese boy who has a series of adventures as he travels the seas at the turn of the twentieth century. Lucinda says, “Writing these two books has sailed me around the world with Takashi and my word processor.”
In the first book “Takashi’s Voyage,” we meet the appealing and plucky hero, a Japanese boy, who is shanghaied from Kobe, Japan aboard the Sindia, a ship bound for New York. During the voyage Takashi sees amazing sights and makes new friends and overcomes his homesickness. The climactic conclusion of the fictional account is based on an actual shipwreck that occurred in 1901 off the coast of New Jersey.
In the award winning sequel “’Round the World: Takashi Sails Home Takashi”, our hero is stranded in America and needs to find his way home to Japan. Takashi sails to Searsport, Maine on the Lewis R. French (yup, the same one that sails out of Camden!) and from there he heads back to Japan on the Downeaster, Astral. In this tale, our inquisitive young hero shares customs, makes new friends, and discovers more of the world in this final leg of his voyage around the world.
It was her adventures with Takashi that inspired Lucinda’s love of using paintings and drawings to “tell about my travels and my everyday life.” She has been doing water color journaling for five years and one of her passions is to introduce others to this creative (and fun!) world of journaling. Lucinda considers her role to be a cheerleader and enjoys teaching children watercolor journaling “sketching with a pen and painting with watercolor is something that kids ‘take’ to immediately. No fear or hesitation with children”.
The workshop and book reading are free with Penobscot Marine Museum admission.