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Corals and Sea Horses

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Why are corals important to sea horses?

Many species of sea horses are entirely dependent on their coral environment for protection. Sea horses can change their color and texture to mimic the corals they are attached to which means the corals provide the perfect hiding place from predators. Since corals often protect sea horses, I thought it would be a nice reversal in “SEA HORSE, RUN!” to have my hero, Sea Horse, protecting his best friend, Coral.

Sea Horse & Coral

Sea Horse looks yellow like his best friend, Coral.

Also, many species of coral and even some coral reefs are endangered around the world, so it was easy to imagine Coral needed to be protected in the story. But protected from what? That was the hard part. I knew the danger needed to be concrete for young readers, so I chose a sea dragon because the word ‘dragon’ definitely excites the imagination!

Sea Horse and Sea Dragon

Sea Horse and Leafy. Leafy is a sea dragon!

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“Sea Horse, run!” Wins First Award June 2011

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Click to view the PDF: Press Release 14 June 2011

ARKANSAS AUTHOR WINS INTERNATIONAL AWARD

14 June 2011, Fayetteville, AR, USA

Arkansas author and illustrator Tammy Carter Bronson won the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Award for her new children’s picture book, “Sea Horse, run!”.

Indie Book Award LogoThe Next Generation Indie Book Awards is the largest not-for-profit book awards program for indie authors and independent publishers. The award is open to all indie book authors and publishers including small to mid-size publishers, university presses, self-published authors, e-book authors, seasoned authors and even first time authors in the U.S., Canada or internationally who have a book written in English. Awards are given in sixty different categories, but according to Mrs. Bronson, “The children’s picture book category is very popular and competitive. At best I hoped to place as one of the three finalists. I never imagined I would win!”

Next Generation Indie Book Awards

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards were established in 2008 to recognize and honor the most exceptional independently published books of the year. Winners receive gold medals and are featured in national news media and events. Presented by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group (www.ibppg.com), award winners also receive a cash prize and the opportunity to display gold award stickers on their book.

Tammy Carter Bronson lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She is the author and illustrator of three previous picture books: Tiny Snail (2000), The Kaleidonotes & the Mixed-Up Orchestra (2001), and Polliwog (2004). The award-winning “Sea Horse, run!” is her fourth picture book.

Two book signings are scheduled in Fayetteville: one at Barnes & Noble on Saturday, July 9th at 3:00 PM and another at Nightbird Books, Saturday, August 6th at 1:30 PM.

QS? Contact: Matthew Shane Bronson, Publicity Department
Bookaroos Publishing, Inc., P. O. Box 8518, Fayetteville, AR 72703
Phone/Fax 479-443-0339 or 479-443-6789, books@bookaroos.com, http://www.bookaroos.com

Category

Audience

Title

Pages

Price

Binding

ISBN

Publication Date

Publisher

Websites

Children’s Picture Book

Ages 3 to 8 years

Sea Horse, run!

32 pages with 21 illustrations

$17.00

Hardcover

978-0-9678167-7-7

June 1, 2011

Bookaroos Publishing, Inc.

http://www.bookaroos.com

http://www.seahorserun.com

http://www.tammybronson.com

Press Release 24 January 2011

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The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss, 1957

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Click to view PDF: Press Release 24 January 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WRITER/ARTIST EMULATES DR. SEUSS

24 January 2011, Fayetteville, AR, USA

In 1954 Dr. Seuss set out to create a primer that would be more appealing to children than Dick and Jane. Three years later The Cat in the Hat was published. “I loved The Cat in the Hat when I was a kid,” explains Tammy Carter Bronson, the author and illustrator of Sea Horse, run! “It was pure fantasy, but my story needed to happen in a real place.”

The coral reef was the perfect setting for the brilliant colors in Mrs. Bronson’s collages. “I do a lot of research for my books,” she says, “but the art requires the most. I always start in the library, but for Sea Horse, run! I also visited seven different aquariums across the country.” Mrs. Bronson uses dry-brush watercolor with some pencil and colored pencil then she cuts and pastes everything together in the computer adding a few special effects.

Seuss limited himself to a 1st grade word list for The Cat in the Hat ultimately using only 236 different words for his story which was 1,623 words in length. “I wanted to limit myself to half as many total words as The Cat in the Hat,” says Mrs. Bronson, “about 800, and in the end I managed an 849 word story with 282 different words.”

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SEA HORSE, RUN! Book Cover

But the last thing Mrs. Bronson wanted to do was write a story that would only appeal to 1st grade readers. “I tried to emulate what Dr. Seuss did for The Cat in the Hat, but I wanted Sea Horse, run! to have an environmental flair. I think I’ve created a primer for the 21st century that will be fun for teachers and parents, too.”

Tammy Carter Bronson is the author and illustrator of three picture books: Tiny Snail, The Kaleidonotes & the Mixed-Up Orchestra, and Polliwog. Sea Horse, run! is her fourth book and will be available in bookstores June 1, 2011.

QS? Contact: Matthew Shane Bronson, Publicity Department
Bookaroos Publishing, Inc., P. O. Box 8518, Fayetteville, AR 72703
Phone/Fax 479-443-0339, Alt Fax 479-443-6789
books@bookaroos.com, http://www.bookaroos.com

 

Category

Audience

Title

Pages

Price

Binding

ISBN

Publication Date

Publisher

Websites

Children’s Picture Book

Ages 3 to 8 years

Sea Horse, run!

32 pages with 21 illustrations

$17.00

Hardcover

978-0-9678167-7-7

June 1, 2011

Bookaroos Publishing, Inc.

http://www.bookaroos.com

http://www.seahorserun.com

http://www.tammybronson.com

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