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Swashby lives next to the sea, likes his solitude, and probably is a cranky fellow. He looks like a sea captain with a bushy white beard. When a cheerful young girl and her granny come to stay next door, he's NOT happy. He rejects their invitations and writes gruff messages in the sand telling them to go away, but the sea washes up and erases certain letters making them into more inviting messages. And so he finds, against his wishes, that he begins teaching the girl some of the ways of the sea, like the best sand and shells to build with, and how to wish on a starfish. And he ends up rescuing her when she gets swept out by a wave. Of course...they become friends. This is a charming way to show the value of new friends and to learn to love the seashore. The artist exemplifies the highest standards of a picture book. The pictures are large, warm, expressive, and friendly. Once your little ones learn the story, they'll be using the pictures to read it to you. An excellent collaboration between writer and illustrator and one of the best books I've read in awhile.
The story of a grumpy Sea Captain who is slowly charmed out of his reclusive ways by a captivating little Girl and her Granny. The sea has its own sneaky plan to make it all happen. We were transported to the beach and the kids and adults were equally enchanted. It is now one of our most treasured books and has been read many times! Be sure to check out Swashbys boat, it made us all laugh. What a great story!
Old Salt Swashby loves the quiet life by the sea. So salty and serene. No time or need for noisy new neighbors who disrupt his peace. He writes his displeasure in the sand. But the sea knows what's best and changes his messages until Swashby realizes maybe the sea is right. Delightful for sea lovers big and small. Illustrations add heart and soul to a tale that dances and sings the magic of the sea.
Both text and art in this children's gem are stellar. The story is nothing new--it's essentially a picturebook version of 'Silas Marner,' in its use of a little girl to open an old curmudgeon's heart--but it's told in an ingenious fashion. The loose, highly stylized illustrations capture the airiness but also the relentlessness of the sea, and are a standout in infusing the little girl character with charm and vibrancy. Kudos!
This is a very cute story about an old pirate and a young girl and how the sea conspires to make them friends. The pirate is a bit crabby but is soon drawn into the energetic young girl’s world and can’t help but show her the ways of the sea. Another adorable story from Beth Ferry! The illustrations make you feel like you’re at the beach with them. Love it!
Loved this book about messages in the sand and a mischievous sea! So much fun! Author and illustrator did a great job telling a fun story. I brought this for my granddaughter but would also buy as a present that’s how much I liked it.
Our 2 year old daughter likes this one a lot. It's a creative story about unlikely friends and a playful ocean. It's heartwarming and visually interesting for our toddler and us parents alike. We recommend this one!