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Paperback 12” x 10”
32 pages
ISBN 978-1-63381-097-6




by Michelle Patch
illustrated by Thomas Block

One day while sunning himself on the warm sandy beach, Rollie heard a strange noise. He cocked his head and listened hard to hear it again. Suddenly, the noise was much closer and louder than before. He searched the water to see where it was coming from—trying to see through the waves and the boats—and there it was! Looking straight back at him was what Rollie could only believe was a reflection of himself!

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“What a fun story! And beautiful artwork by Tom Block, too. You can just imagine Rollie bouncing, barking, and loving his loon friends and his life on the pond. Michelle’s story proves, once again, there is nothing quite so good as summer on the water in Maine.”
—Don Carrigan, Reporter and Author of Togus, A Coon Cat Finds a Home

“This wonderful book enables children to visualize an idyllic summer day in Maine and to share in the adventures of an adorable Boston terrier and his friends.”
—Judith S. Morrell, Special Ed Teacher, Literacy Specialist

“The story captures the joy brought by summer in Maine. Children will laugh at the innocence of Rollie, the dog, as he tries to make friends with the loons. Young and old alike will have warm and happy thoughts from reading this wonderful book about the way life should be!”
—Dr. Kyle Rhoads , Windham Primary School Principal


MICHELLE PATCH is a mom, wife, school counselor, and licensed clinical professional counselor. She was born in Maine and spent summers at her grandparents’ camp on Thomas Pond. There she learned the importance of family, friends, music, and the magic of loons and the pond itself. Michelle grew up in a Navy family, moving every few years, both in the U.S. and Europe. She moved back to Maine with her family and completed high school in Cape Elizabeth and received her bachelors in social work from the University of Maine and her master’s degree in clinical counseling from the University of Southern Maine. While she experienced many changes growing up, there have always been two constants in her life—Boston terriers and Thomas Pond. These constants led to her becoming an author. Michelle currently lives on Thomas Pond with her husband Tim, son Cameron, daughter Nicole, and Rollie’s little brother and Boston terrier Gus.

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