Two New, Nature-Based Children's Books
“Fishtastic! A Tale of Magic and Friendship” is a book inspired by new sculptures erected at Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City last fall. The art installation is called “Wellspring” and features 30 granite fish created by sculptor Colettel Hosmer. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Chuck Swanson of Hancher Auditorium and Tess Weaver about how this book came to be.
Later on, we hear about another picture book that includes the work of some gifted Iowans and tells an important story about native pollinators. “Begin With a Bee,” starts with the queen of a rusty patched bumblebee colony. It’s the work of authors Liza Kethcum, Jacqueline Briggs Martin and Phillis Root and illustrated by Claudia McGehee.
- Chuck Swanson, executive director, Hancher Auditorium
- Tess Weaver, author, "Fishtastic"
- Jacqueline Briggs Martin, co-author, "Begin with a Bee"
- Claudia McGehee, illustrator, "Begin with a Bee"