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

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY MAU­REEN COUL­TER

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.

MAU­REEN COUL­TER/THE GUARDIAN

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.

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