What I loved: This book is absolutely gorgeous. The writing flows and has its own rhythm that feels similar to the sea it describes. It sounds very lyrical when read aloud and takes the reader through a life well-lived. The boy has his challenges and questions, but he learns to dream, love, and be - all important parts of life. As he grows and has children who also grow, we see snapshots of his life with the sea. This is such a lovely read about life, learning, and the mysteries of it all.
The illustrations capture the story so well, with the sea speaking through shells and the emotions of the boy and the sea readily apparent on the page. The cloudy quality gives it a dream-like feeling that matches the overall feel of the book. They are truly lovely and a pleasure to look through. The font is clear and easy to read, making this a great pick for bedtime.
Final verdict: A beautiful read with lyrical prose and elegant illustrations, THE BOY AND THE SEA is a lovely picture book about life and love. Recommend for elementary school aged readers, who can appreciate the story and elements of growing older.