LIFESTYLES Tale of a tiny treasure
Terrilyn Kerr writes her first children’s book about the journey of a little red marble to the shores of Prince Edward Island from the Prairies
Terrilyn Kerr, author of “The Little Red Marble, A Journey Into Sea Glass”, has always had a love for the ocean.
Even though the author grew up in Manitoba, she has felt drawn to the sea since she moved to the East Coast 48 years ago.
“I swear, once you get the ocean in your blood, you just can’t go back to non-ocean life.”
She feels there are all sorts of treasures to be found at the beach, and this is what influenced her to write the children’s book about the journey of a red marble from the Prairies to the shores of Prince Edward Island.
The book is about a little red marble that is won in a marble championship by a little boy who keeps it close to him over the years. His little sister has always loved the marble and the little boy would never give it to her.
When the boy grows up, he joins the navy and he loses the marble at sea. The marble makes its way onto the shores of Prince Edward Island and is found by the girl years later when she is retired and living on the Island with her husband.
The little red marble she finds on the beach had since turned into sea glass and she recognized it by a spot on the marble.
The book’s premise is inspired by her own story of a red marble and she hopes to write a sequel of the little red marble’s adventures in the ocean while making it’s way to P.E.I.
The illustrations are done by Island artist Nancy Perkins, who did individual paintings on canvases for each illustration in the book.
Kerr decided to write a book about sea glass because of people’s fascination with it in regard to the journey of where the glass originated.
She said if anyone ever happens to be walking at low tide and sees a black piece, hold it up to a light as it may end up being a dark purple or dark green.
“It could be the oldest type of sea glass which is the dark green that they used to make bottles back in the 1800s.”
Kerr has her own collection of sea glass with shades of blue, green, yellow and even a couple of red ones.
“It’s just a wonderful relaxing thing to do at low tide is to walk the beach and look for little jewels,” said Kerr. “It’s another way of enjoying our Island.”
Kerr chose the colour red in her story as it’s rare to find red sea glass.
“Orange is the most rare of the colours ...Red ranks up there,” said Kerr. “To find a red piece is very exciting.”
Kerr’s book will also have a role to play in the upcoming Mermaid Tears Sea Glass Festival in Souris, July 25-26.
Kerr, along with Perkins, will be selling the children’s book at the festival, as well as Perkins’ sea glass jewelry. Perkins, Kerr and a few others had, in fact, started the Wood Island’s Sea Glass Festival years ago, which has since been moved to Souris.
The book is aimed for children between the ages of six to 10 and is for sale at Bookmark and Indigo.
Terrilyn Kerr is the author of “The Little Red Marble, A Journey Into Sea Glass”. This is her first children’s book, which follows the premise of her own story about a little red marble.