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Joella's

Beach Journey

A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR

My name is Brenda Carlsen and  I am the author of  “Wascana’s Journey” and “Joella’s Beach Journey” which has just been  published. Both books feature the lovely, whimsical illustrations of Doina Cocuiba Terrano.

I am pleased to introduce my newest character, Joella, an inspiring small goose who has studied the stars, the moon, and the wind and feels confident she can lead her flock away from the approaching cold winter to the warm south. The geese have many hilarious adventures on the beach, and when it’s time to leave, Joella reveals to them the strengths and confidence they never realized they possessed.

A US Coast Guard family and their children, Allison and Christopher, became very important to me when my previous book Wascana’s Amazing Journey was published. I have dedicated “Joella’s Beach Journey” to the hard working women and men of the US Coast Guard.

In my earlier book, Wascana is a young Canada Goose who is flying south to escape the cold winter that will be arriving, but one of his wings becomes injured during the flight. JoJo, a compassionate young boy, discovers Wascana and they share adventures and fun in the snow. This story is one of healing, empathy, belonging and letting go.

Your children and “the child in all of us” will enjoy these beautiful stories.

When children are enthusiastic about reading, our world is expanded as we learn more about ourselves and especially others. Be kind to one another.

WHERE TO FIND

WASCANA'S AMAZING JOURNEY

NORTHWEST NATIVE EXPRESSIONS

1033 Old Blyn Hwy, Sequim, WA 98382

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ODYSSEY BOOKSTORE

114 W Front St, Port Angeles, WA 98362

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SUNNY FARMS COUNTRY STORE

261461 US 101, Sequim, WA 98382
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Fun Facts About Geese

FUN FACTS ABOUT GEESE

  1. The Canada goose is one of the most well-known birds in North America.
  1. Its real name is “Branta canadensis”, the Latin name for a Canada goose. It is not a Canadian goose, as people like to call them. Ha-ha! It’s true!
  1. Canada geese have a loud “HONK”.
  1. They eat grasses, grains and berries.
  1. Canada geese usually migrate: this means they fly north for the warm summers . . . to Canada or the northern United States, but when it starts getting cold in the fall and winter will arrive, the geese fly south to the southern United states and Mexico where it will be warm.
  1. Canada geese form impressive and aerodynamic “V” formations as they fly. They can cover 1,500 miles in just 24 hours! Yikes! That’s with a good wind behind them, but they often take a little longer to get to their destination.
  1. A female and a male stay together for life.
  1. The female usually lays about 5-7 eggs, but sometimes up to 13 eggs around end of March. That’s a lot of eggs!
  1. The young birds remain “hidden” under the female goose until ALL the baby geese are dry (about 24 hours). When the goslings are just 24 hours old, the parents will take them down to the water to swim!
  1. The tiny goslings (baby geese) can eat on their own, and do not depend on their parents to feed them. They do depend on their parents for protection from the cold, rain and predators.
  1. The young geese grow quickly and can fly at the age of 8 to 10 weeks!

About the Author

Brenda Carlsen grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada and played along the shores of Wascana Lake, where hundreds of geese called their home during the summer. Who has never looked up in the sky when they hear that familiar “HONK” of geese flying overhead?

I live in the Pacific Northwest now overlooking beautiful blue water.

I have been a member of SCBWI ( Society of Book Writer’s and Illustrators) since 2015, and have attended awesome conferences and conventions.

In June 2019 I was an exhibitor at the Washington State Home School convention and September 2019 an exhibitor at the Pacific Northwest Bookseller’s Association convention in Portland.

I have read and shared Wascana’s Amazing Journey at elementary schools, preschools, libraries and Montessori schools both locally and in Alberta and British Columbia. The experience of reading, being engaged and answering challenging questions by 3-9 year olds has been enlightening and just plain fun!

I am also a member of Olympic Peninsula Authors, have been interviewed on the local radio station and also on the Delphi Vision Broadcasting station / Donna Seebo August 2020.

I have always loved writing stories with a vivid imagination as a child and it has carried on through adulthood. I pursued a career as a nurse and I have brought a healing care to hundreds of sick and injured that have crossed my path.

Follow along Wascana’s healing journey that teaches positive values, friendship, caring and compassion!

JOIN US FOR A READING!

Brenda is happy to invite you to her next reading, though nothing is scheduled at this time. In the meantime, please enjoy her reading “Wascana’s Amazing Journey” here:

WATCH VIDEO HERE