The Legend of the Cape May Diamond
by Trinka Hakes Noble
At the southernmost tip of New Jersey lie the resort town of Cape May and its sparkling sandy beaches, sheltering the Delaware Bay. Formed by melting glaciers thousands of years past, the Delaware River flows from its headwaters to spill into the Delaware Bay. And for thousands of years, fragments of quartz rock have ridden the river, plucked from the mountains lining its banks. Polished and buffed as they tumble along, these rock particles dazzle like gemstones when tossed onto Cape May's sandy shores. Beloved by beachcombers, these "diamonds" are the daughters of the river, linking the state's past and present. Delving into the natural beauty of New Jersey's famous coastline, storyteller Trinka Hakes Noble has crafted a wondrous tale explaining the origin of the Cape May Diamond.Trinka Hakes Noble's award-winning picture books include The Last Brother, The Scarlet Stockings Spy (an IRATeachers' Choice, 2005), and the popular Jimmy's Boa series. Her awards include ALANotable Children's Book, IRA-CBC Children's Choice, and several Junior Literary Guild Selections. She lives in Bernardsville, New Jersey. E.B. Lewis is the acclaimed illustrator of numerous award-winning picture books, including the 2005 Caldecott Honor Book, Coming On Home Soon. He teaches illustration at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and is a member of the Society of Illustrators in New York City. He lives in Folsom, New Jersey.
- Dewey: E
- Graphics: Full-color illustrations
- Hardcover (9781585362790): 40 pages, 9 (w) x 11 (h), © 2007, 05/15/2007
- PDF (9781627531535): 40 pages, © 2014, 08/15/2013
- Hosted ebook (9781627533836): 40 pages, © 2014, 08/15/2013
- Series: Myths, Legends, Fairy and Folktales
- Suggested Interest Level: Age 7 - Age 10
- ATOS Reading Level: 6.1
- ATOS Interest Level: LG
- Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 115789
- Accelerated Reader® Points: 0.5
- JUVENILE FICTION / Legends, Myths, Fables / General (JUV022000)
- JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / Native American (JUV011040)
- Delaware Diamonds Booklist--A Children's Choice, Short-listed, 2008
- Keystone to Reading Book Award List--Intermediate Category, Short-listed, 2008
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Author: Trinka Hakes Noble
Trinka Hakes Noble is the award-winning author of numerous picture books including The Orange Shoes (2007 National Parenting Publications Awards Honors Winner), The Scarlet Stockings Spy (2005 IRA Teachers’ Choice), The Last Brother, and The Legend of the Cape May Diamond. Ms. Noble also wrote the ever-popular Jimmy’s Boa series and Meanwhile Back at the Ranch, both featured on PBS’s Reading Rainbow. Her many awards include ALA Notable Children’s Book, Booklist Children’s Editors’ Choice, IRA-CBC Children’s Choice, Learning: The Year’s Ten Best, and several Junior Literary Guild Selections.
Ms. Noble has studied children’s book writing and illustrating in New York City at Parsons School of Design, the New School University, Caldecott medalist Uri Shulevitz’s Greenwich Village Workshop, and at New York University. A member of the Rutgers University Council on Children’s Literature, she was awarded Outstanding Woman 2002 in Arts and Letters in the state of New Jersey for her lifetime work in children’s books. Ms. Noble currently lives in the historic Jockey Hollow area of Bernardsville, New Jersey.
Illustrator: E. B. Lewis
E.B. Lewis is the acclaimed illustrator of many award-winning picture books including the 2005 Caldecott Honor Book, Coming on Home Soon. His books Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Elizabeth Coleman, Bat Boy and his Violin, and My Rows and Piles of Coins each won a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor award.