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It seems that the attraction to waves and the water’s edge

must somehow be embedded in our genetic code.

They beckon to us, calling.

Their effects on our spirit are universal.

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Those waves imprint their magic on us from the earliest stages of our formative years. All you need do is watch the sheer, unadulterated joy of toddlers and little kids when they splash and run and squeal with delight as the waves swirl around their feet.


The Call of the Waves, a children's book from Tiderunner Publishing and a trio of Amelia Island creative notables, celebrates those themes.

Play the trailer for a preview.

The Creators

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Story conceived and written by Tom Hitchcock


Writer and author with a

restless imagination

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Story illustrated and brought to life by Rebecca McDannold

Noted artist whose work graces the walls of three Amelia Island galleries


Story’s narrative choreographed on the printed page by
Susan Hitchcock

Noted painter of watercolors and oils, graphic designer, tennis diva

Where to Buy
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Books are on the shelves and available at our two Amelia Island bookstores.  They are always the preferred choice, but if online is your only choice, choose Barnes & Noble

to get your copy.

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Where to Buy
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Saturday, June 25, 10:30 a.m.

The Call of the Waves Makes

a Big Splash

The Book Loft hosts the launch of The Call of the Waves. Fun, snacks and crafts for kids.


Sunday, July 3,   2 – 3 p.m.

The Art of the Waves, part book event, part art exhibit. A back-stage look at how The Call of the Waves illustrations brought the story to life, plus a display of original art and prints by Rebecca McDannold and Susan Hitchcock. Complimentary wine served.

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We welcome comments, reactions, insights, or questions. Please don't hesitate to reach out

to us with any of yours.

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