Join us in welcoming local author, Sue Carroll Duffy and local illustrator, Jane Woodruff Carroll to the Library to talk about their recent collaboration.
There will be copies of the book, "Finding Diamonds" available for purchase which the author and illustrator will gladly sign.
About the Book:
Finding Diamonds by Sue Carroll Duffy, Illustrated by Jane W. Carroll
If you find a giant diamond, are you as valuable as a giant diamond? A young boy hopes so! His sister “does everything great,” but he himself struggles to do his spelling, remember his homework, and find someone to play with. Even worse, his mother wants him to clean his room! So while his family sleeps, he does what he loves most—rock hunting, with hopes of finding a giant diamond. He thinks that maybe, if he finds a giant diamond, he will be important and valuable.
The boy and his old dog step out the door in rural coastal Maine and the journey begins. He is knowledgeable and curious about his environment, finding all kinds of treasures. As he wanders, we hear about his hopes, his losses, his challenges, and most of all his joy in the natural world.
This story illustrates the inner life of a young boy who has feelings that even older children and adults might find familiar. Don’t we all want to know we’re important and valued? His curious mind, his freedom in nature, and the power of loving relationships lead the way to his most important discovery.
Parents, teachers, and therapists will find this book a gentle and beautiful way to engage children in conversations about their hopes and dreams as well as their losses and struggles. This book beckons children and their parents away from their screens and back into connection with nature.
About the Author:
Dr. Sue Carroll Duffy is a psychologist, play therapist, and therapeutic storyteller. She grew up in Cazenovia, and now lives in rural coastal Maine with her husband, two diamond hunters, and a flock of chickens and ducks. Finding Diamonds is her first picture book. Dr. Duffy works with the Passamaquoddy tribe and is developing a nature-based therapy model for children.
About the Illustrator
Jane Woodruff Carroll lives in Cazenovia. She has received numerous awards and exhibited in nationally juried shows, including the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society. Her extensive and distinguished career has included book design, art editing, portraiture, and teaching. Her works are in private and corporate collections throughout the United States.
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