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Children's LiteratureTwo 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