About the book
Explore Plum Island from A to Z!
This delightful children’s book celebrates the past and present of Plum Island, Massachusetts. Each letter highlights a special part of Plum Island and includes vivid photographs and short poems.
Take your child on a scavenger hunt around Plum Island with this book! Many of the poems are “found poems” that are created with words and phrases located on the island: in the signs at the Hellcat Wildlife Observation Area; in the artifacts at the Burgess Museum; in the displays at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center; in a pamphlet from the Marine Fisheries Shellfish Purification Plant and more. Some words are found in old newspaper articles about the island, and you can read the full articles in the book. Peek into the diary of a Plum Island Lighthouse Keeper and his family from the year 1911!
About Jenn’s connection to the Island
Jenn’s great-great-grandfather, Arthur W. Woods, Sr. was the lighthouse keeper for Plum Island Light, from 1905 until his death in 1919. The iconic workshop on Plum Bush Creek (next to Bob’s Lobster) was once her great-grandfather’s where he made and sold wooden boats. Jenn’s family ties and her experiences with family on the island have instilled in her a great appreciation for the barrier island’s history, for the Plum Island lighthouse, for the birdlife, for work of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, for the boardwalks, and more.