Thy Friend, Obadiah
Little Obadiah wonders why a seagull is following him everywhere he goes. His parents think it’s sweet, but Obadiah’s siblings tease him about his unusual friend. Obadiah wishes the bird would leave him alone, until one day it does, and he finds that perhaps he didn’t mind so much after all. This Caldecott Honor Book by Brinton Turkle is beautifully illustrated in watercolor and charcoal, and told against the peaceful backdrop of a Quaker community in Nantucket, off the coast of Massachusetts, in the early 1800s. 40 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel E.
Beautiful Feet Books, in cooperation with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and Brinton Turkle's grown children--Matilda Rubin, and Haynes and Jonathan Turkle--are delighted to present these new 2018 editions of the Obadiah books for the next generation of readers. Working with Mr. Turkle's original charcoal and watercolor paintings, we have endeavored to restore the integrity, clarity, and beauty of the artist's work. We too hope these restored editions will play a small part in cultivating the future Mr. Turkle envisioned.
What was a silly seagull doing, following Obadiah around like a pet? It even spent the night roosting on the chimney opposite Obadiah's bedroom window. Obadiah was annoyed. But on bitter winter day when Obadiah needed a friend, the seagull wasn't to be seen, and Obadiah missed it. Then, when the seagull was in trouble and Obadiah was able to help, he suddenly discovered how simply and pleasant it is to make a friend. Glowing pictures of old Nantucket set the scene for a story full of warmth and delightful understanding of the feelings of a very real little boy.