By Ashley Bryan
Little Cranberry Island. It’s a small island, with fewer than 100 population, yet it’s received greater than its percentage of treasures—including the excellent Ashley Bryan himself, a world-renowned storyteller and writer of such classics as All evening, All Day and Beautiful Blackbird. day-by-day, for many years, Ashley has walked up and down the seashore, preventing to choose up sea glass, weathered bones, a tangle of fishing web, an empty bottle, a doorknob. Treasure.
And then, with glue and thread and paint and a sprinkling of African folklore, Ashley breathes new existence into those fabrics. Others may perhaps think of it seashore junk, yet Ashley sees worlds of possibilities.
Ashley Bryan’s two-foot-tall hand puppets swell with character and sweetness, and during this majestic assortment they make their literary debut, each one with a poem that tells in their production and extra enlivens their spirit.
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