The Boy and the Ocean

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Best-selling author Max Lucado helps young children grasp the unending love of God in this beautifully illustrated story of discovery and wonder in exploring the amazing world that God has made.

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Best-selling author Max Lucado helps young children grasp the unending love of God in this beautifully illustrated story of discovery and wonder in exploring the amazing world that God has made.

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Publishers Weekly
Land and seascapes painted in lush, deep-toned hues illustrate the majesty of creation, which the story compares to the vastness of God's love in Lucado's (Just Like Jesus) latest offering. Unfolding in three seamless sections, this ethereal tale relates a boy's unsuccessful searches for the end of ocean, mountain, and sky. After playing in the waves with his mother, and hiking through a mountain with his father, the boy hears his parents offer a soothing refrain: "God's love is like the mountains, my little boy… It's always here./ It's always big. It never ends. God's love is special." Through close-ups of soaring seagulls and long-distance vistas showing a tiny father and son, Fluharty's illustrations convey the drama and dignity of the natural world, while full-bleed, full-spread paintings depict the boy's exuberant dreams (one shows the boy and his dog flying on a bald eagle). In the final section, the boy shares his own understanding of God's love. While the story communicates the spiritual benefits of parents exposing children to the natural world and sharing their beliefs about God, the artwork brings the message home. Ages 2-up. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433539312
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication date: 3/31/2013
  • Pages: 36
  • Sales rank: 386,938
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.60 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Max Lucado

Max Lucado is a best-selling inspirational author and speaker, and a minister of preaching at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. His award-winning books have been translated into more than 41 languages and have occupied spots on every major national bestseller list. Over the years, Lucado has been featured in countless national media outlets, dubbed “America’s Pastor” by Reader’s Digest and Christianity Today, and even named one of the most influential leaders in social media by the New York Times. His books include You Are Special, If Only I Had a Green Nose, and The Boy and the Ocean.

T. Lively Fluharty is an accomplished illustrator whose artwork has appeared in such publications as Time Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Focus on the Family. His work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, Communications Arts, and Spectrum. Fluharty illustrated The Barber Who Wanted to Pray and The Boy and the Ocean, as well as Fool Moon Rising which he cowrote with his wife, Kristi.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    highly recommend

    A beautifully written and exquisitely illustrated book. I look forward to sharing it with children at church. It would make a nice gift for any child.

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    Posted May 31, 2013

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