The Calabash Tales

The Calabash Tales
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The Calabash Tales
by Penny Abrams with illustrations by Mikki

The Calabash Tales is the story of an exciting time in the young life of Greenie the iguana. During his first visit to a nearby beach, Greenie also experiences his first hurricane. With the help of Old Fred, his wise iguana companion, and the other animals in the community, Greenie builds a shelter to weather the storm. Though the hurricane is destructive to the landscape, it also helps Greenie meet new friends and discover the true meaning of family.

About the Author

Penny P. Abrams was born, bred and educated in the NE USA. She was in the class of ‘52 at Brandeis University, active in her communities in the schools and in civil liberty issues. After raising their three children, she moved to the Virgin Islands with her husband where they lived for 20 years. There she added SCUBA diving, sailing, and teaching to her activities. She made many friends, amongst them the iguana who sat on her foot as she read on the beach and then swam with her when she went into the water. When Ms. Abrams’ grandchildren visited, they would collect bags of hibiscus blossoms to feed the big, old iguanas who lived at nearby Limetree Beach. It is to them she dedicates this book. She now lives in Southwest Florida where she seldom sees iguanas but does live in a bird preserve. She has another book, An Other Time, which may be purchased on her website,

About the Illustrator

Millicent Nigrosh known professionally as “Mikki” is a well known artist working in multiple art forms, including sculpting, painting, and photography as well as jewelry design and manufacture. Her work as a silversmith and goldsmith has been sold nation wide as well as her fabric designs and paintings. Her success as a book illustrator has earned her name in the Library of Congress. She majored in Art Design at Brooklyn College, took courses in classical, modern and advertising art at The Pratt Institute with further study at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Boca Raton Museum of Art. She currently resides in Boynton Beach, Florida with her husband.

(2011, hardcover, 66 pages)


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