I know I have been working on this first picture book for a long time now, but it is coming about slowly. Here are the paintings I have done of my illustrations so far. They are really watercolor sketches on low-quality paper right now. I plan to keep working on the colors; I’m not quite satisfied with the shades of grays or with how the yellows came out. To me they look too washed out. I have not finished all of the paintings of the illustrations yet either. Also, I skipped painting some of the illustrations so I could do the jellyfish. I am planning to do backgrounds for the title pages and do something for the cover, the back, and the end pages inside the book as well.
So here is my first picture book so far….
Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! 🙂
LARRY THE LONELY LEATHERBACK SEA TURTLE
WRITTEN AND ILLUSTRATED
PATSY H. PARKER
Larry is lonely. He does not have any friends to play with. Last week he had to say goodbye to his best friend, Alicia, because she wanted to go explore a different part of the ocean.
“Bye, Alicia. I’ll miss you!”
Now Larry is sad. He feels like crying.
So he does.
When Larry feels lonely,
and swims. He is hoping to find a new friend.
Then suddenly he is surprised when his tummy starts growling. He was missing Alicia so much, he forgot to eat!
So Larry decides to look for his favorite food.
Diving is Larry’s favorite part of swimming.
He dives all the way down to the bottom of the ocean to rest.
When he looks up to see the sun shining through the water,
He sees a swarm of jellyfish! Then they see him, too!
They swim fast to get away…
and when Larry almost catches one,
he sees another Leatherback sea turtle swimming in his direction, but she does not see
him! Suddenly they are face to face.
They bump noses.
Larry smiles widely. He thinks to himself, maybe she will be my friend.
She smiles shyly.
“Hi. I’m lonely…I mean…Larry.” He feels embarrassed.
“Hi. I’m Lucy.” She giggles. Then she winks at him. “Do you want to go catch jellyfish with me?”
“Yes, I do! Larry answered happily. “I almost caught earlier today!”
So Larry and Lucy swam away to catch jellyfish together.
Then Larry, the lonely Leatherback sea turtle wasn’t lonely anymore.