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Sea Glass Summer Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-05-28 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0763684430
LANGUAGE:English

" Tender story about spending a summer with a grandmother at her beachside cottage and discovering the joys of beach-combing. After finding a piece of sea glass and being told that each piece tells a story, the boy dreams that night of possible origins. Utterly gorgeous photorealistic illustrations here in full-color except for the dream scenes which are rendered in grays and still stunning. Terrific. " said.

" After reading, would be perfect to show students a piece of sea glass and have them imagine the possibilities and write its story. Beautiful. " said.

" Searching for seaglass on the beach is a time-honored tradition. Today, there is less sea glass which is a GOOD thing...find out why! " said.

" Oh, but this book is beautiful! Timeless and unforgettable. It ties the thrill of cataclysmic events with the magic of simple moments held dear by one person. You can practically smell the salt from the sea and feel the smoothness of the glass. Perfect for beach-lovers, collectors, and anyone with family traditions and a sense of wonder about the stories behind the things we find and keep. " said.

" A lovely story about the magic of the ocean and how the treasures it reveals not only remain unchanged from one generation to the next but that those same treasures may connect people of various time periods. Gorgeous watercolor paintings make one long to experience or return to the lazy summer days of childhood at the seashore. The backstory of individual sea glass finds is shown in lovely grayscale bringing history alive. " said.

"Oh, wow, this is a gorgeous book, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline and a story full of nostalgia by Michelle Houts. Some years ago, a young boy spends the summer with his grandmother at her cottage by the sea. He finds what he learns is a piece of sea glass, smoothed by its tumbling in the ocean from, perhaps, years ago. Grandmother tells that each piece is connected by a story, one we may never know, but it has one. She gives him his grandfather's magnifying glass to look at his found treasures more closely. Turning the page, Houts imagines the story in the boy's dream, illustrated in muted black and white by Ibatoulline, a beautiful time travel transition to a ship’s christening and a schooner tossed in a tempest’s fury. Sadly, the boy drops the magnifying glass which breaks and he tosses the pieces into the sea. The story moves on to present day and a young girl also discovering sea glass, a particularly special piece that "might" be part of that same glass. Houts shares the story which feels real, but no matter real or not, looking for sea glass and imagining its story will make the adventure (if you can ever have one) a wonderful thing.
There is a brief author's note that speaks of the time in the past when many dumped all their trash in the ocean and the change today to be more environmentally conscious. Thanks to Candlewick Press for the copy.
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" I love how this story explores journeys, imagination and possibilities. " said.

" Sea Glass Summer, with its touching story and dreamy, painted illustrations, is a beautiful and moving celebration of summer, the beach, history, and the power of the imaginations.  " said.

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