The Pink Dolphin is Here

The Pink Dolphin, a collaborative book by Mayor Billy Keyserling and Thomas McDermott-Post is on shelves now at local bookstores, online at and available through


The Pink Dolphin


A very special pod of dolphins, all colors of the rainbow, inhabit the waters surrounding a beautiful, historic town. But it is the Pink dolphin that holds a special place in the hearts of the local shrimpers, who often throw her treats and think that seeing her brings good luck. The Pink dolphin likes the humans, but her colorful pod mates think she is foolish for being friends with people. They warn her that humans mean trouble and it is best to stick to those of your own kind.


When a dangerous storm approaches, threatening them all, can she convince the others to help the struggling shrimpers, or will the dolphins just choose to take care of themselves? Can cooperation and trust forge new friendships for everyone? What happens when a wise Mayor, an even wiser eight-year-old boy, and a talented artist get together to tell a story about collaboration and cooperation?


An enchanting tale emerges of two very different groups working together as a community to make it through a troubling time. The simple prose and lyrical illustrations of this uplifting story inspire readers of every community to remember that working together is the only way for success during challenging times.


Appealing equally to leaders and community members, grown-ups and kids, The Pink Dolphin is sure to become a classic – the ultimate way to get a simple but important message across to readers everywhere.


The Authors

Thomas McDermott-Post was 8 years old when his good friend, Billy Keyserling, the Mayor of Beaufort, South Carolina, told him about the challenges of getting his community to forget their differences and work together during these difficult times. Thomas had an idea for the Mayor, which resulted in this wonderful and whimsical tale of a special dolphin, and what she had to teach to her community. Bill Dula, a sensational watercolorist, gives even more joy to the story with images of the lowcountry.

Early Reviews

This is a beautiful story with a child’s clear message.   We adults can learn so much from our children.   The Pink Dolphin teaches us that our communities are better and stronger when we all respect each other and work together for the benefit of allRichard W. Riley, Jr. Former Secretary, US Department of Education and Former Governor of South Carolina

The Pink Dolphin by Thomas McDermott-Post and Billy Keyserling is a very special children’s book about a pink dolphin that teaches the value of challenging the false beliefs of others and to lead even when you think you have no followers.  This charming and powerful story magnificently illustrated by Bill Dula will become a favorite of all children who feel alone in times of doing what is right to find that others will help when needed. Jonathan Green – Southern artist and lover of story tellers






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