10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
A very special book signing is taking place at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire with Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen, illustrator of the children's books The Legend of Sleeping Bear and S is for Sleeping Bear Dunes.
Illustrator Gijsbert (Nick) van Frankenhuyzen, or "Mr. Nick" as many children so affectionately call him, illustrated his first children's book, The Legend of the Sleeping Bear, in 1995. In 1998, the Michigan Legislature declared The Legend of the Sleeping Bear to be "The Official Children's Book of the state of Michigan."
With fun poems and descriptive sidebar text for each letter, as well as stunning illustrations, S is for Sleeping Bear Dunes: A National Lakeshore Alphabet, will remind you of all the reasons the National Lakeshore is so well loved. It is a true celebration of Michigan's most beloved destination.
Residing in Bath, Michigan, Mr. Nick and his family share their 40-acre farm with sheep, horses, dogs, cats, turkeys, rabbits, chickens, pigeons and a revolving door of orphaned and injured wildlife. The farm, the land, and the animals make great subjects for the artist to paint. Mr. Nick travels to schools and conferences to share his passion for drawing - encouraging kids to make their hobby their career.
For more information, contact the Phil A Hart Visitors Center at 231.326.4700, ext. 5010.