Catalog: It's Always a Good Day for Crabbing

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It's Always a Good Day for Crabbing
by Karin Whiting Burgess

Hardcover, 32 pages w/ illustrations
ISBN 978-0-9718303-4-9

Here they come, one after the other, crawling and snapping all over each other...

On a dock over the coastline's rocky shallows a child and his dog prepare to catch crabs.  Dropping a line he has prepared himself, the boy waits-
but not too long!  One by one the feisty creatures grab the bait. The boy watches closely and pulls.  Carefully he plunks his busily munching catch down into a bucket of seawater.

As the crabs come up, sea gulls boldly stride closer, and the newly caught crabs scuttle round and round the bottom of the bucket.  It is busy!  Dock walkers admire the curious catch and friends join in the fun.  When the bucket bottom is covered, over it goes as children shriek with joy to watch the crabs scramble sideways back to their ocean home.

Unforgettable, color-washed images of children and dock activity deliver you into this crabbing adventure.  The story, told in easy rhyme, is written from a child's point of view.  The boy is in charge, completely taken in by his prideful endeavor.  At the end, he leaves the dock, taking care to attend to his assembled audience of gulls, happy, successful and ready to go back again soon because, as any young crabber will knowledgeably tell you, if it's summer, no matter what the weather, "It's Always a Good Day for Crabbing."

About the Author
Karin Whiting Burgess resides with her husband and three girls in Mystic, Connecticut, where docks, beaches and boats are a big part of every day the minute the weather warms.  Karin is a graduate of Colby College with a B.A. in History and American Studies.  She has worked in the field of public relations for twenty years.
About the Illustrator
Deborah McLaren is a life-long artist born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, currently living in Connecticut.  She is on the faculty of the Mystic Art Center, in Mystic, Connecticut, and the Lyme Art Association in Old Lyme, Connecticut teaching beginning drawing.  Deborah's paintings and art are in private collections throughout the United States.
About Lu
Lu is a real six-year old soft coated wheaten terrier who loves being on docks and in the water.  She is actually a little afraid of crabs.


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