Faraway Things

Faraway Things
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June 08, 2021
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From a bestselling author comes an evocative, classic-feeling adventure tale about a boy and his sword, and how giving away something precious leads to an even more important discovery.

Lucian's father called them faraway things, those mysterious objects orphaned upon the windswept shore, their stories long lost in the shroud of ocean fog. Lucian's discovery on the beach this particular day, though, is no ordinary faraway thing. It's a cutlass: strong, shiny, and powerful. As its history comes to light, Lucian faces a choice: cling to the sword he loves or accept a gift that shines farther, wider, and deeper than he could have ever dreamed.

Stunningly illustrated with evocative art by Kelly Murphy and written by award-winning and bestselling writer Dave Eggers, here is a profound and resonant tale about the reward of letting go.

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dreamy and beautifully illustrated picture book
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FARAWAY THINGS is a lovely and dreamlike story about a boy who finds a sword on the beach. Lucian loves the days after a storm, when he can search the beach for items washed ashore. His father had called them faraway things, and they were his to keep. After a storm, he finds a particularly special cutlass. He loves playing with it, but then the owner, a captain of a ship, comes ashore to find it.

When Lucian refuses to return it, the captain offers him a trade for anything on his ship. Lucian takes a look and finds something else special to trade for.

The illustrations in this book are absolutely gorgeous and sweeping. They are really stunning throughout, and I loved the muted colors of the illustrations and the details of the ocean waves and ship that give it a magical feel. The dreamy quality of the images and text make this a lovely read. The book is well-written with a fully imagined story within.

The book would be better for older readers, who can understand that they should not play with real swords and that they cannot keep objects that belong to other people. The bartering for a sword that clearly belonged to someone else was slightly questionable, but it ended well with the cutlass returned to its owner. The length of the text would also be better suited to elementary school aged readers. The print of the text was a little small, making it tough to read in lowlight, such as at bedtime.

FARAWAY THINGS is a dreamy and lovely picture book that captures the imagination. Would recommend for older picture book readers.
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