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Photo Credit:  Peter Hellberg

About the Authors

Catherine Goodman Farley enjoys spending time with her husband, Trey and three children, Madeline, Mary Catherine, and James on Seabrook Island, South Carolina. As a practicing physical therapist with a keen eye for movement and balance, she sees the nature on Seabrook Island from a unique perspective. Her love of children’s books has blossomed from her nightly book reading ritual with her children, ages 10, 8, and 5. Catherine and her family reside in Charlotte, North Carolina.            

Madeline Gaston Farley is a rising 5th grader and enjoys riding her bike, drawing, and all things beachy. Madeline aspires to be a designer when she “grows up!”

Mary Catherine Farley is a rising 3rd grader and has a love of dance. Her favorite place to do a sandy plié is on Pelican Beach!


James Conway Farley IV is a 2nd grade student who enjoys reading, playing tennis, football and time at the coast. His favorite spot on Sullivan’s Island is Fort Moultrie.

Christopher “Gray” Goodman is a 5th grade student who loves soccer, basketball and cross country running. He lived on Sullivan’s Island for 3 years. While living on the Island, Gray learned to ride his bicycle and his favorite spot to go was Poe’s Library.

Photo Credit:  Mitya Ku

About the Illustrator

Susan S. Leggett grew up with an artist mother and was drawn to the creative process as a child, but pursued a practical business career, winding up in commercial real estate investment and development. After retiring, Susan started to explore the world of art more formally, earning a Masters degree in Art History and Museum Studies from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.  She jumped into oil painting in an intensive summer workshop offered by the Cleveland Institute of Art and has continued to study painting with various artists.  The Lowcountry of South Carolina is now Susan’s home and many of her paintings reflect its creatures and scenery.