Community Stuff 4/28/14

Essex author and folksinger Daisy Nell releases a story in rhyming verse, with a twist: it’s a coloring book. Moxie and the Whale is about a small dog and a large humpback whale.

Daisy & Mox

In Daisy Nell’s latest book we meet Moxie the “doxie,” a long-haired miniature dachshund, who goes out sailing with Captain Stan to look for whales off Cape Ann, MA. Moxie is not a quiet mate, but he learns a lesson about barking when he falls overboard–and lands on a whale! Accompanying the story are illustrator George Ulrich’s twelve lively drawings, ready to be colored.

Daisy Nell, a life- long sailor and singer with her husband Stan Collinson, is a native of Essex, MA, and is the chair of the Gloucester Schooner Festival, now celebrating thirty years as an annual gathering of schooners from near and far. For her, writing children’s books has become a consuming passion. “I love to combine local history and  lore with a made up story. I always aim for a bit of humor to keep adults engaged as well. After all, they are usually asked to read these books again and again. With this new coloring book, I’ve been fascinated to see that children latch onto the story immediately and are ready to take over and fill in the colors for themselves”.

The book is available at Seven Seas Whale Watch, The Book Store of Gloucester, Maritime Gloucester, Sea Meadow Gifts in Essex, and Russell Orchards in Ipswich.

Mary Kay Taylor, Education Director, Maritime Gloucester says:

Daisy Nell has inspired generations to appreciate the local culture and heritage of Cape    Ann through her music and song writing, education programs and children’s books. She once again charms us with her new book, Moxie and the Whale. Through its playful verse and imaginative coloring pages, kids will connect with their ocean environment and the charismatic creatures that make their home right off our shores.


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