The First Feud
The First Feud: Between the Mountain and the Sea
Ages 5 and up.
It’s a tale of foolish one-upmanship on a grand scale but with a message for each of us as individuals, and although the mountain is Maine’s famous Katahdin and the sea is the North Atlantic, this story will be appreciated by readers everywhere. In The First Feud, Lynn Plourde cleverly shows the futile efforts the ocean and mountain make to impress each other and "prove" which is the most beautiful. In a mutual huff, the two great entities finally unleash their anger -- with predictably devastating results. But the story ends well, for Katahdin and the Atlantic eventually come to admire each other.
Few artists could rise to the challenge of illustrating a story like this without resorting to a "cartoon character" style, but Jim Sollers has succeeded admirably. His richly textured paintings beautifully capture the drama and set the mood for this memorable and inspiring story.
"A great story with an even greater lesson: that beauty is not a treasure to be hoarded, but a blessing to be shared." -- Independent Bookseller Recommendations -- Rita Moran, Apple Valley Books, Winthrop, ME
"The message that miscommunication can breed conflict, and that communication can restore harmony, has universal application." -- Publisher’s Weekly
"Sollers’s strong paintings give form to the feuding entities." -- School Library Journal
"Expansive double-page spreads in blues, emerald greens, and browns add to the drama of the feud and display some of Maine’s distinctive flora and fauna." -- Children’s LiteratureBuy The First Feud Now
- Photography by: Jim Sollers