Children’s Shell Book Launch at Museum Successful

Written by: John Suau
Publication Date: November 19, 2012

Harland Wittkopf, a local Sanibel resident and shell enthusiast for over 38 years, has done it again! Based on his Alphabet Cone brochure, Mr. Wittkopf has written a children’s book based on the character, Alphie. The book, titled “Alphie Finds the Seashell Alphabet,”  features Alphie, the Alphabet Cone (Conus spurius), a shell usually cream to white in color that features rows of irregular orange, light-, or dark-brown spots. The “spots” form shapes similar to the letters of the alphabet and Alphie finds shells that have common names beginning with the letters of the alphabet, a-z.

 Together with Ken Vinton, the book’s illustrator, Harland Wittkopf signed copies during the book’s first public presentation at The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum on Saturday, November 10 and the pair also hosted a talk about the book and presented the book to a school group during the Museum’s on-going Friday Lunch in the Museum program.

The book, very well-received by both adults and children, is available for sale in the Museum Store. The Museum plans to present shell-related books and their authors throughout the year as a part of their on-going educational programming for shell enthusiasts.


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