Ordering Information

$17.95, 10 x 8, hardcover, 32 pages, full color images, glossary
ISBN: 978-1-937721-65-7
To order copies contact the publisher at 1-603-431-5667 or media @ perpublisher.com

Mrs. Binnacle

by Richard Roy
Illustrated by Melody Zahn Russell


A lyrical tale about island life, grieving and learning to live again.

Readers’ Comments

“Rick Roy has offered us a warm and thoughtful story about treasuring the past while moving on to enjoy the present. Melody Zahn Russell’s bright watercolors might remind anyone of a childhood by the sea.”

—Eva Murray, author of Well Out to Sea and Island Birthday

“My ancestors settled Matinicus Island in the 1760s. It was then, and remains today, a beautiful and healing place. There is just something about the island that draws her children back no matter how long we’ve been gone and how old we’ve become. I love the childlike illustrations and the vivid colors. What a nice story!”

—Suzanne Rankin, resident of Matinicus Island

“This story and watercolors have a sensitive and winsome quality that will be appealing to both children and adults. The paintings have a dreamy sense of warmth, peace and joy.”

—Sylvia Stephenson, past teacher & director, Family Cooperative Kindergarten, North Andover, MA, and watercolor painter

“What a great story!! It totally embodies island life and the way folks depend on each other when need be.”

—Kevin Waters, owner, Penobscot Island Air

About the Author

Richard is a native to New Hampshire and has practiced dentistry there for more than thirty-five years. He enjoys the rhythms of New Hampshire seasons: gardening, beekeeping, pressing cider from his apples in the fall, and maple sugaring in the spring. Over the years Richard and his family have spent many memorable days along the coast and islands of Maine. The beauty of the landscape and ethos of the maritime culture were the inspirations for this book.

About the Illustrator

Melody Zahn Russell M.Ed. has a lifelong love for her native state of New Hampshire and an equally deep love for the Maine coast. She is an experienced Waldorf-inspired art educator who paints, writes, teaches and potato prints with students of all ages. Visit www.MrsRussellsPotatoes.com to learn more.