Children's Book Signing with Wendell Minor - The Seashore Book and Ben's Revolution

Bring your children to meet beloved illustrator Wendell Minor at The Hickory Stick Bookshop on Saturday, July 15th at 2pm in celebration of two new books: The 25th anniversary release of The Seashore Book by Charlotte Zolotow (Charlesbridge, $16.99) and a brand new book, Ben’s Revolution: Benjamin Russell and the Battle of Bunker Hill by Nathaniel Philbrick (Penguin Random House, $17.99), both illustrated by Wendell Minor.

A mother's words help a little boy imagine the sights and sounds of the seashore, even though he has never seen the ocean. This summer classic by two masters has been reissued and redesigned for contemporary audiences. Wendell Minor's elegant artwork and Charlotte Zolotow's simple, evocative prose brings a day at the beach vividly to life as a boy and his mother imagine what it would be like to spend a day at the seashore.

“Zolotow carefully chooses her words to create a poem full of the colors, sound, and sights of a day at the beach. Minor’s softly detailed renderings reinforce the gentle mood.” – School Library Journal


History comes alive in this gripping account of a young boy caught up in the start of the Revolutionary War. Based on an episode in National Book Award-winning author Nathaniel Philbrick's New York Times bestseller Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution, this engrossing story allows readers to experience history from a child's perspective, and Wendell Minor's stunning paintings will transport readers back to the early days of the Revolutionary War.

Benjamin Russell is in school on the morning of April 19th, 1775, when his teacher announces, "The war's begun, and you may run " Ben knew this day was coming; after all, tensions had been mounting between the colonists and the British troops ever since the Boston Tea Party. And now they have finally reached the breaking point. Ben and his friends excitedly rush out of their classroom to bear witness, and follow the throngs of Redcoats marching out of Boston toward Concord. Much to Ben's surprise, Boston is sealed off later that day--leaving the boys stuck outside the city, in the middle of a war, with no way to reach their families. But Ben isn't worried--he's eager to help the Patriots. He soon becomes a clerk to the jovial Israel Putnam, a general in the provincial army. For months he watches the militia grow into an organized army, and when the Battle of Bunker Hill erupts, Ben is awed by the bravery of the Patriots, although saddened by the toll war takes. He later goes on to become an apprentice at a Revolutionary newspaper, and it's a happy day when they get to report on the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

"Masterly narrative . . . Philbrick tells the complex story superbly . . . gripping book."--The Wall Street Journal

"A masterpiece of narrative and perspective. . . . This is not only . . . the greatest American story. It is also the American story."--The Boston Globe


Wendell Minor is nationally known for the artwork he has created for over fifty award-winning children’s books, including This is the Earth, Daylight Starlight Wildlife, Edward Hopper Paints His World, Willa: The Story of Willa Cather, an American Writer, and many others. His many collaborators include Jean Craighead George, Robert Burleigh, Buzz Aldrin, Tony Johnston, Mary Higgins Clark, and, last but not least, his wife, Florence. He is also the author and illustrator of My Farm Friends.

This event is free and open to the public.  If you are unable to attend this event, you may reserve a signed copy of The Seashore Book and/or Ben’s Revolution by calling The Hickory Stick Bookshop at (860) 868 0525. For further information about this event please email


Event date: 
Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
2 Green Hill Road
Washington Depot, CT 06794
Ben's Revolution: Benjamin Russell and the Battle of Bunker Hill By Nathaniel Philbrick, Wendell Minor (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399166747
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - May 23rd, 2017

The Seashore Book By Charlotte Zolotow, Wendell Minor (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Charlotte Zolotow, Wendell Minor (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781580897877
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Charlesbridge - May 16th, 2017

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