The Mural at TidePool Bookshop

In 2020, when TidePool Bookshop opened, we comissioned Margaret McCandless to paint our entrance mural (and other smaller vignettes throughout the store). Many of you have stopped as you walked in, to enter this magical world. Did you know there are references to stories throughout? Scroll down to see the list of books! 


In Margaret's words:

Nature comes first, for stories you'll find in the main mural at TidePool Bookshop.

Wild details include birds in trees, hidden treasures, diving terns, breaking waves, a lost key, a spider web, a bear, and a dragon reading a book while flying. All are book and poem references I've painted in the mural. Being outdoors, in images, gave me ways to represent climbing atop a giant's head, travelling in a time machine, or hunting a snark.

Outdoor scenery is great fun to paint. It's also what came to mind first when Jo and Huck suggested Jack Prelutsky's poem "I Met a Dragon Face to Face" as the starting place for the TidePool Bookshop mural. I was delighted! You can read the Dragon poem while you stand at the main mural in the Bookshop. Perhaps you will even find the pictures for each item in the poem. It's all there. Well, the Snark is represented only by footprints in the sand, and Hunting of Snarks is implied by tools on the dock; but that's how it is with Snarks. I hope that you'll find the prints and tools.


I met a dragon face to face
the year when I was ten,
I took a trip to outer space,
I braved a pirate's den,
I wrestled with a wicked troll,
and fought a great white shark,
I trailed a rabbit down a hole,
I hunted for a snark.
I stowed aboard a submarine,
I opened magic doors,
I traveled in a time machine,
and searched for dinosaurs,
I climbed atop a giant's head,
I found a pot of gold,
I did all this in books I read
when I was ten years old.

Once I had all the poem's parts depicted as I wished to, I painted images representing many children's books that I love. You can find the pet seagull from Island Boy; a waterfall from PaddletotheSea; the red boat in Where the Wild Things Are; loons from June the Loon; lupines from Miss Rumphius; characters from Reddy Fox and Sammy Jay; a boot in the grass from The Borrowers Afield; one lantern from Green Knowe and another from Johnny Tremain. There are many more booklinks painted there for you.

Just ask Jo or Huck for the list of images with book titles, if you enjoy a scavenger hunt. I've made one list linked to picture books and a separate list linked to chapter books. Have you read them all? Do you have a favorite book that you wish I would represent on the mural? Let me know.

It was really fun to bring the mural around the corner, painting the oak tree, owl, fox, indigo buntings, and a turtle among book-inspired Nature scenes there. You can see some of the mural when you walk in the front door.

Remember to check the paintings in the Mouse Hole and above the picturebook shelves. These, too, are places where the outdoors belongs in the bookstore. From time to time, I will be adding to those murals. Already, you might find a ladybug, dragonfly, flock of geese, or cluster of chickadees. I wonder what else you will notice.

Enjoyment of reading depends upon our ability to imagine beyond the page. Having outdoor images at the bookstore feels profoundly right. We're here to enrich our thinking, to read and to take our thoughts beyond wherever we happen to be. With the natural world details I've painted on the bookstore walls, I am hoping to help inspire the reading and the imaginations of children and adults.


With the books at hand, as Jack Prelutsky's poem says, you can travel, wrestle, climb, open, hunt, be brave, and open magic doors. See below for all the books referred to in the mural. Come on in for a scavenger hunt!

Blueberries for Sal Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780140501698
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Published: Puffin Books - September 30th, 1976

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?: 50th Anniversary Edition (Brown Bear and Friends) Cover Image
By Bill Martin, Jr., Eric Carle (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780805047905
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - September 15th, 1996

How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? Board Book (How Do Dinosaurs...?) Cover Image
By Jane Yolen, Mark Teague (Illustrator)
$7.99
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ISBN: 9780545153515
Published: The Blue Sky Press - April 7th, 2020

There's No Such Thing as a Dragon Cover Image
By Jack Kent (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780375851377
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Published: Dragonfly Books - September 8th, 2009

Where the Wild Things Are Cover Image
By Maurice Sendak, Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)
$8.95
ISBN: 9780064431781
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Published: HarperCollins - December 26th, 2012

Miss Rumphius Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780140505399
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Published: Puffin Books - November 6th, 1985

The Tale of Peter Rabbit Story Board Book Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780723244325
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Published: Warne - March 1st, 1999

Paddle-to-the-Sea Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780395292037
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Published: Clarion Books - February 19th, 1980

Owl Moon Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399214578
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Published: Philomel Books - October 23rd, 1987

The Grouchy Ladybug Board Book Cover Image
By Eric Carle, Eric Carle (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780694013203
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Published: HarperFestival - September 8th, 1999

The Borrowers Afield Cover Image
By Mary Norton, Beth Krush (Illustrator), Joe Krush (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780152047320
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Published: Clarion Books - April 1st, 2003

The Door in the Wall Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780440227793
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Published: Laurel Leaf - August 10th, 1998

The Secret Cave: Discovering Lascaux Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374366940
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - September 14th, 2010

My Father's Dragon Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780440421214
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Published: Yearling - December 27th, 2005

The Secret Garden: Special Edition with Tasha Tudor Art and Bonus Materials Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780064401883
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Published: HarperCollins - December 21st, 2010

Johnny Tremain Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780547614328
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Published: Clarion Books - May 2nd, 2011

The Wind in the Willows Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9781514664599
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - June 23rd, 2015

Charlotte's Web Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780061124952
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Published: HarperCollins - April 10th, 2012