A Gull's Story: A Tale of Learning about Life, the Shore, and the ABCs

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Jersey Shore Pub., 2002 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 36 pages
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This beautifully written and illustrated children's book tells the tale of the Gull Family and their adventures along the New Jersey Shore. Highly detailed and visually stunning, this family book will teach children their ABCs while on a well-rounded journey at the Shore, with a few life lessons along the way. Thoughtfully written and exquisitely illustrated, this book will not only appeal to preschoolers learning their ABCs but to all children (through age 9) who want to learn about the Jersey Shore's creatures, environment, history, and more. A Gull's Story is not only a children's book about the Jersey Shore but has been written and illustrated with a universal appeal for children wanting to learn about all coastlines and can be enjoyed by children from all areas of the U.S. who want to learn about America's shores. The book includes a glossary of terms as well as a website where a comprehensive workbook for children, parents, and teachers can be downloaded for free. It is a book children, parents, and lovers of the Shore will treasure for years to come.

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About the author (2002)

Frank Finale has more than three hundred fifty poems and essays published in more than one hundred different books, journals, and magazines. His critically acclaimed coffee table books of essays and poems about the Jersey Shore, “To The Shore Once More” (1999) and “To The Shore Once More, Volume II” (2001), as well as his children's book, "A Gull's Story" (2002) (illustrated by Margie Moore) (all, Jersey Shore Publications), were regional bestsellers. Mr. Finale has taught elementary school for thirty-eight years and currently teaches at East Dover Elementary School in the Toms River Regional School District in New Jersey. He has done numerous Young Authors' Conferences for many different schools in New Jersey and was named in Who's Who Among America's Teachers: The Best Teachers In America Selected By the Best Students (5th Edition, 1998). He was also voted Teacher of the Year 2002-2003 by his colleagues at East Dover and named to the state of New Jersey's 2002 Governor's Teacher Recognition Program. He is currently the poetry editor for the new renaissance, an international magazine of ideas and opinions, emphasizing literature and the arts. In 1996, he co-edited, with Rich Youmans, Under A Gull's Wing (Down The Shore Publishing), the critically acclaimed anthology of poems and photographs about the Jersey Shore. In 1983, he helped found the literary magazine, Without Halos as well as its publishing organization, The Ocean County Poets Collective. He served as editor-in-chief from 1985 through 1995. In April 1999, he was a presenter and reader in the prestigious Eighteenth Annual Writers' Conference held at The College Of New Jersey. Over the years, his poems and essays have appeared in The Georgia Review, The Christian Science Monitor, Kansas Quarterly, New York Quarterly, Negative Capability, Press Quarterly, Poetry NOW, Poet Lore, Pig Iron, Blue Unicorn, ELF: Eclectic Literary Forum, The Paterson Literary Review, Visions International, LIPS, Journal Of New Jersey Poets, Coast Magazine, New Jersey Outdoors, California Quarterly, Baltimore Review, and the new renaissance among others. In the 1990s, his work has been anthologized in Movieworks (Little Theatre Press, 1990); Blood To Remember: American Poets On The Holocaust (Texas Tech University Press, 1991); Life On The Line: Selections On Words & Healing (Negative Capability Press, 1992); A Loving Voice II: A Caregiver's Book Of More Read-Aloud Stories For The Elderly (The Charles Press, 1994); Under A Gull's Wing (Down The Shore Publishing, 1996); First Light: Poems, Stories and Essays Of The Winter Holiday Season (Calypso Press, 1998); Anthology Of Magazine Verse & Yearbook of American Poetry, 1985, 1986-1988, and 1997 Editions (Alan Pater, Editor); Shore Stories (Down The Shore Publishing, 1998); Sunlight On The Moon (Carpenter Gothic Publishers, 1999); Identity Lessons, Contemporary Writing About Learning To Be American (Penguin Books, 1999); and Teaching Poetry In High School (National Council Of Teachers Of English, 1999). Mr. Finale is listed in, among others: • Marquis Who's Who In The East 1999-2000 (27th Edition) • Marquis Who's Who In American Education 2004-2005 • The International Who's Who In Poetry 1999 And Poets Encyclopedia (9th Edition, Cambridge, England) • International Who's Who In Poetry 2004 (Europa Publications, Tayler & Francis Group, London and New York) • International Authors And Writers Who's Who 1999 (16th Edition) He received a Master Of Arts Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1976. Mr. Finale regularly gives readings throughout the Jersey Shore and New Jersey. Born in 1942, Mr. Finale is a Pisces who has lived by the sea most of his life and currently resides with his wife, Barbara, two cats, and almost too many books in Bayville, New Jersey.

Margie Moore grew up in the seaside town of Belmar, New Jersey. In creating the art for her book, "A Gull's Story" (written by Frank Finale) (Jersey Shore Publications, 2002), she was able to draw upon her childhood memories of beautiful summer days along the Shore and the interesting creatures she encountered there. In 2001, she illustrated “Count The Ways, Little Brown Bear” by Jonathan London (Dutton Children's Books). Ms. Moore still lives at the Jersey Shore with her husband and three daughters, Kelly, Jessica, and Bridget.

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