Barnicle is a crafty cat who travels the world on ships as a stowaway. In 1620, he finds himself on the Mayflower along with 102 Pilgrims and a timid little mouse. As they travel over rough seas from England to the New World, Barnicle learns that mice can be more than just a meal for a cat. Still, he has his own adventures to seek and the two friends part ways when they arrive in the New World.
Running Deer is a young Wampanoag girl living in a village close to where the Mayflower finally lands. One day, she rescues an orphaned field mouse named Husk and teaches him the ways of her people. Late one night, Husk hears a thief rummaging in the tribe’s food storage. Eager to protect his adopted family, Husk bravely faces the intruder . . . and finds Barnicle! When the two realize their unique connection, they forge a special friendship that will take them far beyond the Wampanoag village.
Can a cat and mouse explore the world together? Can Husk survive without the only family he has ever known? This fun and lively historical novel transports readers to a different time. See what life was like through the eyes of these two unlikely friends!
About the Creator
Mary Shields is the founder and president of Shields Design Studio. She splits her time between Plymouth, MA, and Harpswell, ME, with her husband Jim McKinnell. She has two grown stepchildren and two beautiful granddaughters. Creative work was something Mary knew she would continue after she received an honorable award for her painting of an abstract forest fire in first grade. Mary founded Shields Design in 1991 and is located in the historic Plymouth waterfront. Nearly three decades later, Shields Design Studio continues to design visuals, from digital to print, for an impressive clientele ranging from tourism, healthcare, sports, technology, government agencies, and entertainment giants.
The ideas for Barnicle™ and Husk™ percolated in the late 1990s, inspired by Mary’s personal life experiences. A chance encounter with Wampanoag Chief Flying Eagle, Earl Mills, Sr., helped her project take wing. His wisdom and encouragement were priceless.
The characters’ home in Plymouth is richly steeped in history. The mission of Plymouth 400, Inc. and Mary’s vision for her historical characters are well aligned. To learn more about the Plymouth 400th commemoration, visit Plymouth400inc.org. Although the characters are fictional, they’re woven into a fabric of reality. Whether you choose to follow them on an adventure for fun, or learn from them, they are sure to capture both the young and the young-at-heart.
Barnicle and Husk will prove to be a multifaceted brand with a pipeline of fun for kids. Visit BARNICLEandHUSK.com!
About Plymouth 400
Plymouth Colony’s 400th anniversary commemorates the 1620 landing of the Pilgrims on Cape Cod, in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and in the cities and towns that expanded as part of Plymouth Colony. The commemoration highlights the cultural contributions and American traditions that began with the interaction of the Wampanoag and English peoples, a story that is still relevant today.
This anniversary is the Nation’s most significant to date. It is America’s Founding Story and the icon of our national holiday, Thanksgiving. The story, including Native American history and culture and America’s immigration story, is inclusive of themes that resonate with people of many cultures. The Signature events and programs of Plymouth 400 will help to renew awareness among residents and visitors to Massachusetts wishing to learn more about Plymouth County, Cape Cod, Boston and other historic destinations.
“OUR”STORY, 400 YEARS OF WAMPANOAG HISTORY
This unprecedented exhibit, “Our”Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History, reveals little-known historic and cultural realities of the People of the First Light. “Our”Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History is conceptualized, researched, and produced by a team of Wampanoag people of both Aquinnah and Mashpee Plymouth 400’s Wampanoag Advisory Committee. The exhibit is part of Plymouth 400, Inc.’s Signature Programs and Events and will continue to travel through 2020. Additional chapters of Wampanoag history will be added each year in November. Inquiries regarding upcoming locations and opportunities for hosting this exhibit should be directed to Plymouth 400, Inc. www.plymouth400inc.org.