Once upon a Tide

Once upon a Tide

by Tony Mitton, Selina Young
     
 

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Down by the seashore Bess and I stood on the sand and looked at the sky.

Tony Mitton and Selina Young have stitched together a charming seafaring adventure for young children in this bedtime treasure.See more details below

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Down by the seashore Bess and I stood on the sand and looked at the sky.

Tony Mitton and Selina Young have stitched together a charming seafaring adventure for young children in this bedtime treasure.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Two youngsters use their imagination to enjoy an exciting adventure by the seashore. They build a boat, stitch a sail, and launch it after acquiring a compass and chart. "Over the ocean / Bess and I / sailed to the place / where sea meets sky." They come to the island marked on the chart and dig up a treasure chest. Chased by pirates and saved by a whale, they reach shore. There they build a shack and make it their home, to live there "forevermore." Their imagination even extends to six children "sitting round our knees," to whom they can tell the story. There is a sweetness to Young's sketchy, double-page line and watercolor illustrations as she supplies all the contextual details beyond the small verses. Pigtailed Bess and her shorter narrator friend demonstrate their carpentry on a typical beach coast. A perky gull keeps watch and follows them on their journey. Lots of cloudy blue skies and green-tinted ocean make a fine setting for the boat and its patchy red sails. The fairy-tale "happy ever after" ending then returns them on the final page to the empty beach as they gaze out over the water together. 2004, A David Fickling Book/Random House Children's Books, and Ages 3 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Two children build a boat, picnic, find a treasure map and sail to a pirates' island. They get chased by pirates and saved by a whale, and end up back at their beach. Once there, they decide to build a home out of the boat and stay forever. The simple rhyming text is illustrated with cheerful cartoons predominated by sea green and blue watercolor washes-the whole effectively conjuring up seaside memories. There are plenty of picture books on the beach and ocean, etc., and this one is not unique, but it has a nice feel about it. A satisfying imaginative adventure, perfect for summer storytimes.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385751001
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
05/09/2006
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.54(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
2 - 6 Years

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