Can swans be pigs? Can mallards get mad while catfish are coy? And what about a loose goose? These questions – and more – were answered when Pawling’s Imperial Castle Toy Shop hosted a reading of Swan Pond on January 31. The book is a collaboration between two area residents, author Carol Paterno and illustrator Doris Tomaselli.
Swan Pond tells the story of the hilarious misadventures of two friends who decide to feed the swans at their local pond. The book marks the second collaboration between Carol Paterno and Doris Tomaselli, who previously worked together on Slippery Soap! Both books are published through Daffodil Press, an independent publisher of books for children established in 2016.
The afternoon was full of literary whimsy, as Paterno and Tomaselli read from Swan Pond, signed copies, and engaged the children and parents in attendance. “We try to go to any school or library that will allow us to do a reading,” said Paterno. “I’m so grateful to everyone who came, and to John Ragusa to let us have this event here at Imperial Castle.”
Carol Paterno has been a Pawling resident since 2000; she has an extensive background in music and education. In addition to possessing a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music education, she has instructed students from preschool to high school in public schools and private settings. Doris Tomaselli not only collaborated on the story for both books, but also provided the illustrations. She is the accomplished author of 13 children’s books, including two best-selling works produced by Fisher-Price. A Brewster resident, she holds degrees in fine arts, graphics, and creative writing. Both collaborators are active in the local literary community and library system. “We’re very ensconced in the area,” said Paterno.
The partnership between Daffodil Press and The Imperial Castle Toy Shop provided the children and parents in attendance with a fun and memorable afternoon. “It’s great to see that we can support local residents in Pawling,” said John Ragusa, owner of Imperial Castle. “I think any business’s success in this town will be based on us supporting each other. We really hope to continue these events going forward.”