"Rhoda's Ocean" is a beautifully illustrated children's book that was hidden away in the house of the local author and illustrator, Betty Abbott Sheinis for over 20 years. It was discovered by a local art gallery owners who have recently published it for all to enjoy.
The Story: Wilma Woodchuck and Rhoda Rabbit are best friends, even though they are very different. Practical Wilma believes in neatness, while Rhoda is a dreamer who forgets her shoes and wonders what an ocean looks like. Rhoda’s Ocean celebrates creativity, friendship, and the rewards of being yourself. The language and illustrations speak to children on their level, encouraging the positive pursuit of ideas and the value of imagination.
The Back Story: We discovered the cover illustration plate under a pile of clothes in the home of Arnold and Betty Sheinis, both who had been life-long artists. This book's gorgeous cover was peeking out and caught our eye as we were visiting their home studio. Most of the pages of the book were missing until the author's husband, Arnold remembered that Betty had a secret hiding place under her grandfather's antique bed where she kept her most cherished artwork.