Daniel Island author, Ben Pogue, pens Lowcountry themed children's book
Daniel Island resident and author, Ben Pogue, is releasing his first children’s book this month. The Lowcountry author found his inspiration for the book, “A Walk Along the Sea,” from a photograph of his son and grandson walking along the beach.
“It brought back memories of our family adventures, many of which were exploring the East Coast of America,” explained Pogue.
The retired marketing executive and consultant has been writing most of his life. Many of his poems and short stories were written as entertainment for his children growing up. In 2013, he published his first book, a historical novel, “In the Shadow of the Songbird.”
“A Walk Along the Sea” tells the tale of a parent and child exploring the Lowcountry coast. Pogue hopes the poem will bring families together to explore the natural beauty that is found throughout the region.
“South Carolina has beautiful barrier islands and the coast is protected by a number of conservation efforts. Among these are the boneyards of Bull Island and Edisto, which combine the ocean and maritime forests… I hope my book inspires that or provides a memory to those who have already been there,” said Pogue.
The poem takes the reader on a journey along the water’s edge and teaches nature conservation. Pogue’s lyrical writing entices the reader to get outdoors and explore the world around him with family and friends. The publisher, Starbooks, describes the book as, “An illustrated poem about love, nature, and the wisdom of treasuring them.”
Pogue believes in the value of children exploring nature. “It’s great for their development. Kids who spend time in natural environments do better on tests and all other kinds of things. My message, in part, is that parents need to take their children out in the wilderness and see all the beautiful treasures we have in South Carolina…I would love for families to explore together all the undeveloped areas of our coast so they can appreciate the true treasure of nature,” stated Pogue.
The keepsake is beautifully illustrated in watercolors by former Daniel Island resident, Johanna Hughes. For both the author and the artist it was a perfect match. “Ben and I made a great team. He knew what he wanted and I was able to interpret his direction into my paintings. The meaningfulness of his words flows through the softness of the watercolors. Altogether, it is a truly beautiful end product,” said Hughes.
Kris Manning, co-owner of BTMA Daniel Island has worked with Ben on his writing projects and says the new book is sure to delight readers of all ages. ”Ben Pogue is a great observer, always taking mental notes that add a special touch to his writing. His writing style is unique and sets him apart from the others.”
The book will be carried in several Charleston area stores including Monograms Daniel Island. In November readers can meet Pogue and purchase signed copies at Monograms. To find out more visit his website at www.benpogue.net