Thanks to fellow Woody Boater Kathy Ryan for putting this series of books together. After three years of work with writers and illustrators the first of the series is being introduced at this years ACBS International Show. I of course being the Woody Boater got mine ahead of time. SIKE! I even had the boatress read it to me before I went night night for the full efect. No binki jokes please! CHAD!
The idea for doing a children’s book about antique boats came from the fact Kathy could not find any books of this type on the Internet and wanted the hobby to be one for all ages. There was very little for kids out there, and the ACBS also was looking for ways to enhance their youth development. So, she decided to publish children’s books using antique boats as part of the plot.
There are four books written with Larry the Lyman Becomes a Star! being the first. The other three are written and are with the illustrator. Being a former educator, Kathy wanted each book to have information about boat safety and a positive life lesson.
Kathy’s sister and retired English teacher, Chris Frantz, wrote the books from ideas that they developed. Sharon Arengo, the illustrator, has been able to capture the charm of the boats with her watercolors. Kathy is the publisher and editor.
Larry the Lyman Bcomes a Star! is about the idea that everyone can be a hero. The second book is about a Century Coronado with gull wings who wants to fly. The third is about a Chris Craft that has put in a marina warehouse to be parted out.
The fourth is about two generations of Garwoods meeting each other. All of the books take place in different areas of the US where wooden boats are found. How cool is that. What a great gift idea for the kinders, ya they will want there big wheel and baby barf alot for Christmas, which won’t last longer than the box they came in, but that magic moment when you read them a story at night and then go out on your classic boat with them on the weekend is forever. So you say, how can I pick one of these suckers up. Well, you can at Table Rock, or here on the ACBS website, Some of the proceeds go to helping the Youth Development program, or Herb has some at Sierra Boat Company, and of course you can get a copy, or more from Kathy and Dennis Ryan at the Antique boat Center. Just click on the links and you will be helping kids all over find new splinters one day!