Author bio

Doris Ettlinger


“The Legend of Sea Glass (Myths, Legends, Fairy and Folktales)”


Hunterdon County, NJ


Doris Ettlinger has been an illustrator since graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design. She later received an MFA from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Her work features fine draftsmanship and a masterful use of watercolor. Over the course of her career Doris has illustrated 40 children’s books, including the award-winning titles A Book for Black-Eyed Susan and The Orange Shoes. She collaborated on the Little House program for HarperCollins, producing picture books and chapter books based on the writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Other clients include Sleeping Bear Press, American Girl, Albert Whitman & Co, Houghton Mifflin and Simon & Schuster. She is represented by Cornell & Company. Doris and her husband Michael McFadden – artist, teacher and craftsman – live in an old grist mill on the banks of the Musconetcong River in Warren County NJ, where they raised their two children, Ivy and Benjamin. On the third floor of the mill Doris coaches the Musconetcong Watercolor Group and teaches monthly watercolor workshops. She also teaches workshops at the Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster. Doris is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Hunterdon Watercolor Society, and a signature member of the Garden State Watercolor Society.

About "The Legend of Sea Glass (Myths, Legends, Fairy and Folktales)"

Long, long ago there was a time when men did not venture into the deep ocean waters. It was believed that the world was flat and to sail beyond the horizon meant falling off the edge of the earth. So even though they were drawn to and fascinated by the ocean, men feared it. And as men lived their lives above the water, far beyond their view and in the ocean’s deepest depths lived mysterious and magical sea creatures, half girl and half fish. These shy, gentle creatures were called mermaids and much loved by the ocean. And when men finally overcame their fear and ventured out to sea, risking disaster and even death, it was the mermaids who came to their rescue. Written by award-winning author Trinka Hakes Noble, this original legend explains the origin of sea glass, attributing it to the tears of mermaids, weeping for lives lost at sea.