Sandcastle

Sandcastle

by M. P. Robertson
     
 

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Jack loves to build sandcastles, but no matter how strongly he builds them, the sea always sweeps them away. Then one night, a seagull outside his window wakes him up and calls him down to the beach. There he finds the sandcastle he built the day before — only life-sized! Jack marches across the drawbridge and embarks on a magical journey filled with jesters

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Jack loves to build sandcastles, but no matter how strongly he builds them, the sea always sweeps them away. Then one night, a seagull outside his window wakes him up and calls him down to the beach. There he finds the sandcastle he built the day before — only life-sized! Jack marches across the drawbridge and embarks on a magical journey filled with jesters and musicians, feasting and dancing, a beautiful girl, and a magic shell. M. P. Robertson weaves a fun tale of fantasy and excitement with beautiful illustrations that capture the wonder of a little boy’s amazing adventure.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Jack, a master sandcastle builder, can't stop the sea from washing his castles away, despite his wishes. But one magical night he finds his castle full-size, waiting for him to be crowned king. During the celebration, however, the ocean reclaims the castle and all those inside. Clutching a shell, Jack wishes that he was just a boy again, safe in his bed. When that wish is granted, he is happy to go back to building his castles, even if the sea takes them away. From vignettes to action-packed, double-page scenes, the naturalistic, fully detailed watercolors that visualize this dream-like tale enhance the narrative with costumes and architectural details. The lesson is well-cloaked in the attractive seaside setting. 2001, Rising Moon, $15.95. Ages 5 to 8. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Jack loves to spend his days building sandcastles, but he hates it when the sea inevitably swallows up his creations. One afternoon, he wishes that his castle were real, and that he were its king, but of course little boys' wishes don't come true. That night, when he goes to close his window, he is amazed to see that his castle is real. A fair-haired girl leads him into it, where he is proclaimed king. Much merriment and dancing ensue, and in all of the noise and commotion, the crowd fails to hear the sea pounding on the doors. He demands that it stop, but it crashes in, instantly changing the revelers into fish and mermaids. Just as the girl leaps into the water as a mermaid, she reminds Jack that all good fairy tales come with three wishes-and Jack has only made two. Predictably, he realizes that no one can control the sea, and wishes that he were asleep in his bed. Because most of the story takes place at night, there is a dark undertone to the otherwise likable watercolor illustrations. Also, although the protagonist is a pleasant-looking little boy, the illustrations lack the sense of depth and personality that is necessary to breathe life into Jack and his dreams.-Lisa Gangemi Krapp, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Wishes come true for a young artisan in this abbreviated teaching tale. Jack builds elaborate sandcastles, only to watch the sea wash them away. At last he angrily wishes on an unusual shell that his latest creation would grow to full size, with him as its king. That night, both wishes are granted—but even so, rising waves take this castle down too. While the castle's merry residents turn to merfolk and swim away, Jack makes his third wish, and is wafted safely back to bed. The next morning he has not only accepted that the sea will always prevail, he's come to realize how much better it is to be a boy building sand castles, than a king. Dramatically angled points of view give Robertson's (The Egg, 2000) formal, carefully detailed paintings a measure of vitality, and Jack's castles, whether sand or stone, are showstoppers; still, Jack's change of heart comes without transition, and the lessons loom larger than the story's events. (Picture book. 6-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845078003
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
04/28/2008
Edition description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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