Author Kelly Jenkins Lin set out to create a book full of joy and hope. In spite of tragedy, "Mr. Astley's Blueberries" still rings true to that goal.
Kelly Jenkins Lin set out to write a children’s book about a Wayland blueberry business four years ago. The book at last made it to print this fall, but so much has changed in those four short years. “Mr. Astley’s Blueberries,” written by Jenkins and illustrated by Washington D.C.-based artist Samantha Lane Fiddy, tells the story of Malcolm Astley’s blueberry business that burst from the dozens of blueberry bushes behind his Wayland home. Perhaps more importantly, it tells the story of how Astley and his daughter, Lauren Dunne Astley, worked together in the business and the story highlights, as Malcolm Astley puts it, “The glory of … parents and kids taking on good challenges together.” Lin met Malcolm Astley years ago on the sidelines …
"Mr. Astley's Blueberries" follows the experiences of of Malcolm Astley and his daughter Lauren Astley as they tended blueberry bushes for Lightning Bug Blues, a local blueberry business.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The following is a submitted press release. Three Flower Farm Press is pleased to announce the release of "Mr. Astley’s Blueberries" by local author Kelly Jenkins Lin. A picture book for children ages 4-8 years old, "Mr. Astley’s Blueberries" features Wayland resident Malcolm Astley, proprietor of Lightning Bug Blues, a local blueberry business established by Astley and his daughter, Lauren Dunne Astley. All royalties from the sale of the book, which is available online and at local retailers, will be donated to the Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund. "Mr. Astley’s Blueberries," illustrated by Samantha Lane Fiddy, is for anyone, young or old, who loves blueberries. The playful text and rich, colorful illustrations capture the beauty of the …