Saturday, December 29, 2012

My Pride and Joy

Just before Christmas, a little late, but lovely nonetheless, I released a new children's book, Seascapes. Don't tell my other books this, but I am particularly proud of this publication.

It's not only because it's beautifully illustrated by a Trinidadian illustrator, Vanessa Soodeen;

It's not only because I have been working on these three stories of undersea friendship for a few years;

The best part isn't even the fact that I was able to include illustrations from a talented teenager, Hanan Lachmansingh.

The aspect of this book that makes me most proud is the fact that I am finally publishing something that I wrote with my Dad. Some of you may know that he nurtured my creativity, encouraging me to think outside of the box when I was a child. I came up with the idea for the poem and I threw it to him.

"Come up with some strange sea creatures. Oh, and by the way, it has to rhyme and have a rhytmic meter."

We passed the poem back and forth, he recruited my daughter into the process and the result was Fishy Food. I will include just two verses here, buy the book to read the whole thing!

Fishy Food 
by Clive Ottley, Alexa Mitchell and Carol Mitchell

Mom makes us eat fish every day,
"It's good for you," she says.
With vitamins, Omega three's, eating healthy pays.

But we all find it boring and wish that she would buy
Sea creatures that are less well known, those we'd gladly try.

[The next few verses of the poem go on to suggest some rare and interesting seafood that the children would find more enticing. The poem ends with their mother's response:]

Mom agrees and says that if we catch them she will cook them,
So off we go down to the beach to dive with spear and hook them.

The book includes three short stories, 'Fishy Food' and a word search, so read and enjoy!


KeVin K. said...

I think it's very important to be able to do things, especially creative things, with your family. I like that your father and your daughter are involved - as he encouraged and mentored you, you're encouraging her. Even if she doesn't become a writer or poet, she'll have the confidence of knowing she can try whatever she wants and that she has the support of her family.

Sounds like a good book even without the wonderful family tie-in. Looking forward to reading it.

Liane Spicer said...

Congratulations on the collaboration, Carol. It sounds like a lovely book.

Tammy Theriault said...

i won't tell your other book...or will i? what's in it for me?? a free copy to read?? congrats congrats!!!

Charles Gramlich said...

Sounds like a bit of a family affair. Lana and I have done a couple of things together, with me doing the writing and her the covers. It's rather pleasant. I'm glad you got to share something like this with your father.

Joanne said...

Congrats on the new book. Must have been specia being able to share something like that with your dad.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the book and what deep joy it must have given you to create it with your father. Love this.

Carol Mitchell said...

Thanks, guys. Perhaps there will be more collaborations to come.

Tammy, I am afraid, very afraid. A free book would be a small price to pay to protect my reputation!

Jewel Amethyst said...

I am definitely looking forward to that book. I love the fact that the authors span three generations.