The Legend of Mackinac Island
10th Anniversary Edition w/ DVD
In celebration of the initial release of The Legend of Mackinac Island, a special 10th Anniversary limited edition with a free animated DVD is now available. From the author and illustrator of the children's classic The Legend of Sleeping Bear comes The Legend of Mackinac Island, a tale of the painted turtle Makinauk, his animal friends, and their discovery of Land. Once again, the paintings of Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen breathe new life into Native American lore with grace and style. His use of color is breathtaking; the texture of his work - deep, rich and inviting. From the great and wise turtle Makinauk, to the loon, to even the little muskrat, the characters in The Legend of Mackinac Island pull youngsters from their world of reality into a time long ago when water covered the Earth, a time with no dry land to rest on. Author Kathy-jo Wargin provides the framework on which van Frankenhuyzen's paintings are supported.
Author: Kathy-jo Wargin
Kathy-jo Wargin is the author of more than 45 books and has earned national acclaim through award-winning children's classics such as Michigan's official state book, The Legend of Sleeping Bear, Children's Choice Award winner The Legend of the Loon, The Edmund Fitzgerald: Song of the Bell, and many others. Kathy-jo enjoys writing about nature, folklore, and its effect on all our lives. She is a frequent guest speaker and presenter for associations, school districts, and conferences throughout the country. She lives in Minnetonka, Minnesota.
Illustrator: Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen
Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen was born in the Netherlands in 1951. With his seven brothers and sisters, he grew up exploring nature and his sketch pads were filled with observations from those family outings. Always drawing as a young boy, his father encouraged Gijsbert to make art his career. After high school, he attended and graduated from the Royal Academy of Arts in Arnhem, Holland. Gijsbert, or "Mr. Nick" as many children affectionately call him during his school visits, immigrated to the United States in 1976 and worked as Art Director for the Michigan Natural Resources Magazine for 17 years. In 1995, he illustrated his first children's book, The Legend of Sleeping Bear, finally fullfilling his dream of illustrating children's books.Residing in Bath, Michigan, Nick and his family share their 40-acre farm with sheep, horses, dogs, cats, turkeys, rabbits, chickens, pigeons and a revolving door of orphaned and injured wild life. The family's nature journals logged 20 years of wild life rehabilitation on the farm and it is through these journals that the popular Hazel Ridge series was created. The farm, the land and the animals make great subjects for the artist to paint. Mr. Nick travels to schools and conferences to share his passion for drawing—encouraging kids to make their hobby their career.