This week was an awfully big week for Ashley. She started a new job! Exhausted from a week of Spring Break camp at the Gardens on Spring Creek, she asked if I would write the blog this week! I said, ‘Of course!” Sorry it is a day late. I work at a snail's pace.
Phew, traveling with snails is hard work! Imagine trying to explain to TSA that Serena cannot remove her shell before entering the metal detector. After clearing that up, we finally made it to Seattle and ferried over to Bainbridge Island to share her story with the IslandWood alumni community. She was a HUGE hit with all her two legged friends! One lucky guest took own their very own copy and will be reading it in a Seattle preschool this month. Also, as we creeped through the forest, we looked for some of Serena's wild snail friends but had to settle for chatting with her close and distant cousins instead!
All the hidden forest snails around Mac’s Pond and IslandWood alumni listened to Serena’s story as it was read out loud for the first time in front of an audience. Afterwards, we all slowed down and observed our beautiful surroundings by capturing our ideas on watercolor postcards.
The world seems very eager to have their very own copy of The Curious Little Snail! Serena and I are very excited and humbled by all the attention. We are thrilled to let you know that you will not have to wait much longer! We are putting on the finishing touches and plan to release the story to the world around the end of the month. Stay tuned for dates, ordering information and a release party!
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Author & Illustrator
Ashley M. Young
Bringing her passion for animal conservation and science, Ashley's stories strive to be powerful teaching tools for the parent or teacher. Her characters are often unexpected animals drawn from her experiences as a zoo keeper and environmental educator.
Learn more about her work in art and education here.