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Children's Nonfiction Colors

What Colour is the Ocean?

by (author) Gary Collins

with Maggie Rose Parsons

illustrated by Scott A. Keating

Flanker Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2009
Colors, Water (Oceans, Lakes, etc.), Seasons
Recommended Age
3 to 7
Recommended Grade
p to 2
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2009
    List Price

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Maggie Rose loves to sing! And her favourite song is “What Colour’s the Ocean Today,” a song she made up with her Grandy about how the ocean changes colour from season to season. Join Maggie Rose and Grandy through Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall and see what colour the ocean is today!?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />




Parents and children will both enjoy reading (and singing) this book over and over again. With colourful illustrations and sheet music in the back, What Colour is the Ocean? is sure to become a family favourite . . . no matter what season it is!

About the authors

Gary Collins was born in a small, two-storey house by the sea in the town of Hare Bay, Bonavista North. He finished school at Brown Memorial High in the same town. He spent forty years in the logging and sawmilling business with his father, Theophilus, and son Clint. Gary was once Newfoundland’s youngest fisheries guardian. He managed log drives down spring rivers for years, spent seven seasons driving tractor-trailers over ice roads and the Beaufort Sea of Canada’s Western Arctic, and has been involved in the crab, lobster, and cod commercial fisheries.His writing career began when he was asked to write eulogies for deceased friends and family. He spent a full summer employed as a prospector before he wrote Soulis Joe’s Lost Mine; he liked the work so much, he went back to school to earn his prospecting certificate. A critically acclaimed author, he has written a total of eight books, including Cabot Island, The Last Farewell, Soulis Joe’s Lost Mine, Where Eagles Lie Fallen, Mattie Mitchell: Newfoundland’s Greatest Frontiersman, A Day on the Ridge, and the children’s illustrated book What Colour is the Ocean?, which he co-wrote with his granddaughter, Maggie Rose Parsons. The latter won an Atlantic Book Award: The Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration.Gary Collins is Newfoundland and Labrador’s favourite storyteller, and today he is known all over the province as the “Story Man.” His favourite pastimes are reading and writing, and playing guitar at his log cabin. He lives in Hare Bay, Newfoundland, with his wife, the former Rose Gill. They have three children and three grandchildren.

Gary Collins' profile page

Maggie Rose Parsons has a very special connection with her grandfather, Gary Collins, whom she affectionately calls Grandy. Although she is only seven years old, she has a vivid imagination for storytelling and a passion for music, and she loves to sing and play piano. What Colour is the Ocean? is Maggie Rose’s first book.

Maggie Rose Parsons' profile page

Scott A. Keating is an award-winning commercial illustrator, designer, and comic-book artist. He lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and has worked with a wide variety of clients around the world, including Random House, HarperCollins, Original Productions, IDW Publishing, Dark Horse Publishing, Image Comics, BOOM Studios, Fantasy Flight Games, and The Idea Factory. Scott’s work has been published worldwide, in magazines, books, comics, commercial products such as CDs, and film and theatrical posters.

Scott A. Keating's profile page


  • Winner, Atlantic Book Awards Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration