The Boy and the SeaFeatured
In this lyrical picture book, readers follow one boy through his life as he returns to the seashore beside his home. The boy likes to think, and his thoughts turn into questions. He brings these questions to the sea. At times, he thinks he can hear the sea whisper to him: Dream. Love. Be.
So he does. He dreams—a young boy imagining all that he might do. He loves—a teenager, reaching out from a lonely place to make friends. He allows himself to just be—now grown, sharing the seashore with his daughter.
A celebration of quiet curiosity, The Boy and the Sea invites readers to ask questions and live their way into the answers.
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.