Super Beagle Teaches Kids About How Dogs See Color

Kim Edge Ambler and her daughter Rell worked on the children's book together about their dog Angie.
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Kim and Rell Ambler with their children’s book, Super Beagle.

What was your inspiration for the book?

A few key ideas came together to bring Super Beagle to life. My super fast beagle Angie, my wanting to simplify and modernize books that taught kids their colors and my fascination with how dogs see color.

Tell us a little about your process. Do you start with illustrations or the words first? How do you construct a story?

I start every book with a little spark of an idea and it grows every-which-way from there. I’ve learned over the years that creative work does not happen in a straight line. Creative is more magic than math, it moves in all different directions on its way to the finish line.

Since Super Beagle is all about learning colors, what’s your favorite?

Grey is my favorite color. It is a perfect backdrop and unifier for any color or group of colors. My house is grey and I love it when we have our colored lights glowing. My coat is grey, which makes it possible for me to wear my favorite rainbow scarf.

Where are some of your favorite Rhode Island spots? (this can be outdoors, restaurants, anything.)

My absolute favorite spot in Rhode Island is out in the ocean on my surfboard, looking back at shore from about 1ten to five hundred feet away.

What’s one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?

Most people are surprised to learn that I am in my late forties. Lol!

What are you working on next?

I am working on my first chapter book. It’s a Christmas story about the complications of leaving a home you love to follow new dreams. I’d like to think, it’s Winnie the Pooh, meets Little House, with a touch of Harry Potter.


The children’s book Super Beagle.




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