The Little Girl and Her Pink Rowboat

Children - Picture Book
36 Pages
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Author Biography

Kelsey McDaniel and David Riley introduce the book The Little Girl and Her Pink Rowboat and celebrate the blending of children’s literature with beautiful and inspiring hand painted art work. Kelsey crafted his skills in creative writing at a young age, but it wasn’t until meeting friend and artist David Riley, that Kelsey had confidence that his “Little Girl” story could become a beautiful book. “David’s blessed with wonderful talents, and a beautiful soul. As soon as I finished writing the story, I called David to see if he was interested in illustrating” says McDaniel. “I couldn’t believe it when he shared his first few illustrations of The Little Girl and Her Pink Rowboat; each page is an entire oil painting”! Kelsey McDaniel grew up surfing and swimming on the beaches of Southern California. A father of two children , Meredith and Michael, Kelsey wrote The Little Girl and Her Pink Rowboat for his daughter Meredith, who was an excellent swimmer, but was afraid to swim in the ocean. After reading this story a few times, Meredith overcame her fears of sea monsters, and jumped right in. She now loves the ocean and enjoys snorkling, swimming, boogie boarding, and playing in the surf. “It’s a timeless story”, Kelsey says, “One that knows not the bounds of time”

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

The little girl loves her pink rowboat. She rows herself out into the ocean, to the beach and along the shoreline. She loves to be out on the water, but she doesn’t like the idea of being in the water. She’s scared. She’s afraid of sharks and other wild sea creatures. One day while she is at the beach, the tide comes in and washes her pink rowboat away from shore. The only way to reach the boat is by going in the water. The girl doesn’t want to lose the boat, so she starts walking and then swimming in the ocean to rescue her boat. She discovers that she loves the water and she’s a very good swimmer. She has overcome her fears.

Kelsey McDaniel’s picture book story, The Little Girl and Her Pink Rowboat, is a sweet story about a little girl that has to face her fear of being in the water in order to save something precious to her, her pink rowboat. The story follows a little girl’s adventure on the beach and how she enjoys the sand, the sandcastles and so much more. The lesson of the story is having the courage to face one’s fears. We are all afraid of something and it takes a lot of courage to overcome these fears. The little girl overcame hers and the young reader will certainly relate to her journey to overcome her fears. The story is cleverly developed with lovely illustrations by David Riley. The illustrations help carry the story along. A wonderful little story of encouragement.