FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — February 22, 2012
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Contact: Emelia.Cowans@naturalsciences.org ; 919.733.7450, x305
Children's book illustrations by Bob Palmatier on display at the Nature Art Gallery March 2 through April 7, 2012
RALEIGH — Looking for a way to get children interested in reading? North Carolina author and illustrator Bob Palmatier believes that sitting with young children and reading to them at a young age has “everything to do with them developing a lifelong love for reading.” He uses this belief to inspire the illustrations in his children’s books about North American endangered turtle species. The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will sell copies of Stormy’s Return and The Tiny Turtle of the Marsh in the Museum store, and the Nature Art Gallery will showcase some of Palmatier’s original drawings. All exhibited art will also be for sale.
Palmatier’s show, North American Endangered Turtle Series, will run from First Friday, March 2 through April 7, 2012. On First Friday, the artist will be on hand to sign copies of his books at an opening reception in his honor from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A retired schoolteacher and field researcher, Palmatier has two decades of experience observing native species of turtles. This experience is obvious in the scientifically accurate and engaging stories he tells in a straightforward manner. The drawings are scientifically accurate, yet will grab children’s attention with their bright colors and playful nature. Children from kindergarten to fifth grade will enjoy these books, layered with themes and details that provide new insight upon each read. “The road to a life-long interest in natural history and conservation advocacy sometimes begins with a children’s book about the lives of wild animals,” Palmatier said.
His books follow this model, especially the second in the series, The Tiny Turtle of the Marsh. This book introduces young readers to plants and animals of a tidal salt marsh, and explains the dangers that they face. Palmatier’s first book, Stormy’s Return, opens students’ eyes to the connections between man and nature. Students are drawn into the story of the plucky little turtle and his determination. Each book also contains an extensive illustrated glossary which details more than 50 native plants and animals. Palmatier continues to work on his next book, Little Tess the Turtle and the Mystery of the Mangrove Keys, coming out in December 2012.
The Nature Art Gallery  is located on the mezzanine of the Museum Store. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; and open until 9 p.m. on First Fridays. For more information about the Nature Art Gallery, call 919.733.7450, x369.
First Friday is a free, family-friendly social event held the first Friday of each month at the Museum. Visitors can enjoy exhibits, shopping, food and spirits until 9pm. The Natural Horror Picture Show (a vintage, sci-fi flick of 'B' movie caliber) begins at 7pm Arrive early for live music and a film short from the A/V Geek archives. For information, call 919.733.7350 x379.
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, located at 11 West Jones Street in downtown Raleigh, documents and interprets the natural history of the state of through exhibits, research, collections, publications and educational programming. Visit us online at naturalsciences.org . Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm and Sunday, 12-5pm. General admission is free. The Museum is an agency of the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dee Freeman, Secretary.