|Sea glass summer|
Author: Houts, Michelle
One summer, a boy named Thomas visits his grandmother at her seaside cottage. For the rest of the summer, he searches for sea glass and hopes to have dreams that will reveal the sea's secrets.
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Booklist - 07/01/2019 Thomas visits his grandmother’s island cottage. Using his grandfather’s magnifying glass, he searches the seashore each morning. When he finds a bit of green sea glass, worn smooth by sand and waves, Grandmother tells him what Grandfather used to say: “Each piece of sea glass has a story all its own.” That night, the boy dreams of a lady in old-fashioned clothes breaking a champagne bottle against a navy ship. The next time he discovers sea glass, he dreams of a shipwreck. On his last day, he accidentally breaks the magnifying glass. Decades later, a girl finds a piece of sea glass, shows it to her grandfather, Tom, and dreams of him as a child. The well-structured story includes quiet narratives of seaside experiences and dramatic retellings of dream sequences. Ibatoulline’s beautifully painted, realistic watercolors illustrations depict the children’s activities in full color, while the dream sequences appear in shades of deep slate blue, gray, and white. A carefully crafted, understated picture book portraying family ties, the passage of time, and the magic of sea glass. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.