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‘Flying Over Delmarva’ ABC and activity books available

By Kara Hallissey | Nov 30, 2017
Photo by: Kara Hallissey Local author Joanne Guilfoil will be signing copies of her new books, “The ABCs of Flying Over Delmarva” and “Flying Over Delmarva A-Z: People, Places and Planes – an activity book,” during the holiday artisan fair at the Ocean City Center for the Arts on 94th Street, from 5-7 p.m. today, Friday.

(Dec. 1, 2017) Local author Joanne Guilfoil will be signing copies of her new books, “The ABCs of Flying Over Delmarva” and “Flying Over Delmarva A-Z: People, Places and Planes – an activity book,” during the holiday artisan fair at the Ocean City Center for the Arts on 94th Street, from 5-7 p.m. today, Friday.

The new books relate to her first piece of literature, “Flying Over Delmarva – Spray Planes, Banner Planes and Bi-Planes,” a 250-page hardbound book that gives readers a snapshot into military, agriculture and banner planes, which has been available since Memorial Day weekend.

In “The ABCs of Flying Over Delmarva,” each of the 26 letters of the alphabet has a corresponding rhyme along with a colored photo. Local photographer Kevin Fleming took most of the photographs.

In addition, a line drawing with another rhyme appears on the opposite page for children to color in.

“There are 26 color photos and different line drawings to go along with them,” Guilfoil said.

Guilfoil incorporates Ocean City history into her ABC book. The letter “G” stands for Greg Von Rigler, who flew Sky Tours out of the Ocean City Airport in his Cessna 172 for decades, and “W” is for the Waco biplane, another historical plane with ties to the Ocean City Airport.

In addition, the letter “B” is for Bob Bunting and his fellow banner plane pilots who fly over the beach with messages during the summertime.

When Guilfoil was deciding on what to use for letter “M” in her ABC book, she couldn’t ignore the history of Atlantic menhaden fish, which were fertilizer in Lewes, Delaware, decades ago, and incorporated “T” for Ted Freeman, who was an Atlantic menhaden fish spotter in high school and later flew a T-38 in the Air Force.

“They had a pilot’s license and high school students were paid to fly over the bay and Atlantic looking for menhaden,” Guilfoil said. “The fish appeared like dark spots in the water and they would throw out notes in bottles from the aircraft to locate the menhaden for the fish boats waiting below.”

The 52-page book costs $20, and can be purchased online at shorebooksllc.com.

In addition, the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum at the inlet, all three M.R. Ducks Ocean City locations and the World of Toys in Berlin have copies of the book for purchase.

The 64-page activity book costs $15 and features each letter of the alphabet with full-scale drawings, hidden pictures and line drawings with captions. In addition, there are at least 150 maps of Delmarva with place names for readers at the end of the book.

Look forward to hidden pictures of planes and plane parts to educate readers.

Most of the pages were created for children to color on, but there are four, full-colored pages as well and a couple of bonus drawings at the end of the book.

“For every letter there is a hidden picture inspired by the Highlights Magazine and medieval illustrated manuscripts,” Guilfoil said. “The book works like a calendar, you can flip it up and lay it flat.”

Guilfoil’s sister, Julie Kurz, created the letter boxes, maps and was responsible for laying out the activity book.

The author’s first book, “Flying Over Delmarva – Spray Planes, Banner Planes and Bi-Planes,” follows true tales about aerial applications, air shows, aerobatics, barnstormers and banner tow jockeys. It costs $49.95 and inspired her two latest books.

During the holiday artisan fair today, Guilfoil will be signing copies of all three books. Currently, Guilfoil is working on an Ocean City ABC book.

“These books are a good gift for children or the entire family,” Guilfoil said.

To purchase Guilfoil’s books online, visit shorebooksllc.com.

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