Thursday, March 01, 2012

Dragon Tree

Audrey Penn has written a number of children's books. In addition to "The Kissing Hand" and other books for young children, all familiar to teachers, school librarians, and parents, Audrey has written three novels for older children (and adults) loosely based on the story of Blackbeard the Pirate and Ocracoke Island. I have been honored to illustrate "Mystery at Blackbeard's Cove," "Blackbeard and the Sandstone Pillar," and "Blackbeard and the Gift of Silence."

Audrey is working on one more book, and she asked me to illustrate it as well. One drawing that she asked for was an illustration of an Ocracoke Island tree she calls the "dragon tree." Here is a photo I took of the tree:

Dragon Tree

Do any of our readers recognize this tree? Do you know where it is? (I will post the answer in a few days.) By the way, the books are available here:

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Civil War on the Outer Banks, Josephus Daniels, Jr, Secretary of the Navy during WWI, and his connection to Ocracoke. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous8:16 AM

    Audrey Penn is a wonderful writer. The Kissing Hand is a perfect story to read or be read to if starting off on kindergarten.

    We purchased & read the Blackbeard Trilogy by Audrey and were fortunate to be present at her book signing party that was held on the island. Our first grandbae was 9 months old at the time and now has the set in her pocession. She loved reading the stories of Blackbeard and the OINC "children".

    Glad to read of Audrey writing another "Ocracoke Location" tale. Ofcourse we'll be adding it to our library.

    Loook forward to our annual spring trip to our Home Away from Home. :)

  2. Anonymous12:03 AM

    In the front lawn of the former Boyette House (boy do I miss the Boyette house).

  3. Anonymous12:05 AM

    In the front lawn spae of the former Boyette House (I really miss Suite 24).