Island photographer and educator, Barbara Gustafson, has just released her newest children’s book entitled “A Vashon Adventure through the Alphabet.” Filled with colorful images of Vashon’s rural, unique, and iconic sights, this book is a feast for the eyes. As young readers move through the alphabet they are challenged to examine the details of each photographic collage. An accompanying question encourages children to develop their thinking skills—spotting differences, counting, naming, finding patterns, and making educated guesses. As a passionate nature lover, Barbara’s photographs highlight the wildlife found at ponds, woods, and shoreline. From Animals All Around to Zany & CraZy, this delightful book invites visitors and residents alike to explore Vashon’s parks, public art, and natural wonders.
Originally from New England, Gustafson has made Vashon her home for over twenty years. Since falling in love with this island in the Sound, she has been capturing images from macroscopic to panoramic. In her first book “Vashon ABCs – An Exploration of Shore Life”, she shares her passion for and knowledge of marine life. Her second book “Treasures of Vashon-Maury Island – A Photographic Scavenger Hunt for All Ages” invites readers to explore island communities, parks, and history. Most recently, Gustafson partnered with Laurie Stewart and Vashon Heritage Museum to publish “The Heart of Vashon – Sharing Our Stories in Pictures and Words”, in which fifty islanders share heart-felt vignettes of life in our community. In her newest book, Barbara Gustafson shares another Vashon love story.
“A Vashon Adventure through the Alphabet” and Gustafson’s other titles may be purchased at Vashon Bookshop, Vashon Pharmacy, SAW, The Country Store, Thriftway, and Vashon Heritage Museum.