The Sea House

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When Clee and Simon finally visit Uncle Fishtank Hal's beloved barge-the floating home they've heard so much about-expectations and reality crash like waves against the shore. Why, the barge barely floats, the galley is a mess, and Uncle Hal'¬?s clearly not much of a sailor at all. Clee just can't hide her disappointment, but the sea and Hal's cheerfulness work their magic in the end. Deborah Turney Zagw??n presents a final season of change in the life of Clee. The books in this series are a watercolor ...
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Overview

When Clee and Simon finally visit Uncle Fishtank Hal's beloved barge-the floating home they've heard so much about-expectations and reality crash like waves against the shore. Why, the barge barely floats, the galley is a mess, and Uncle Hal'¬?s clearly not much of a sailor at all. Clee just can't hide her disappointment, but the sea and Hal's cheerfulness work their magic in the end. Deborah Turney Zagw??n presents a final season of change in the life of Clee. The books in this series are a watercolor tour-de-force-collect them all! Nautical theme includes notes about knots and sea creatures

Uncle Fishtank Hal takes Clee and Simon aboard his barge, and after trouble with some pesky knots they find themselves at sea.

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Publishers Weekly
The fourth and final installment in a series about the seasons (including The Winter Gift), The Sea House by Deborah Turney Zagwyn finds Clee and her little brother off for a summer holiday aboard their uncle's battered boat. (Apr.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
This summer excursion is the last in a seasonal series about a girl named Clee. Here, Clee and her little brother Simon visit their Uncle Fishtank Hal on his barge. Clee is disappointed in her disheveled uncle and his boat and becomes dismayed as Uncle Hal displays his ineptitude in knot making. Simon has less trouble coping with their uncle's foibles, though Simon is the one to fall to the floor as the hammock knots untie and later into the water as the gangplank rope unties. Finally at night, the boat floats out to sea as the mooring knots untie. Clee, too, learns to make the best of these mishaps. When they end up on a sandbar, the children explore the beach and free two hermit crabs that move into bigger dogwinkle shells. Clee comes to think of Uncle Hal's boat as a dogwinkle barge, which takes some getting used to but soon feels like home. The watercolor illustrations are delicate and interesting with their many nettings, hammocks, and sails. The book celebrates the uncle's ability to go with the tide, but it would seem more appropriate to stress the genuine dangers of boating when a captain lacks seafaring skills. 2002, Tricycle Press/Ten Speed Press,
— Carol Raker Collins
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Clee, her younger brother Simon, and Uncle Fishtank Hal are spending time on Hal's barge. As things start to go wrong, Clee becomes critical of her uncle's seamanship, and of the visit in general. Typical of her previous adventure, she identifies with animals to help her adapt to a situation (Turtle Spring [Tricycle, 1998]). In this story, Clee is able to relate to the hermit crabs that have outgrown their shells as she and Simon adjust to life on their uncle's boat. Zagw n's focus, however, is on the relationship between an uncle and his niece and nephew. Laced throughout the text and pictures are many nautical phrases and drawings. The watercolor illustrations blend nicely with the narrative, showcasing Clee's emotions and reactions. The background pictures are soft and almost watery, while those in the foreground are brighter and heavily detailed. Children will find much to enjoy here.-Hannah Hoppe, Miles City Public Library, MT Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582460307
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

DEBORAH TURNEY ZAGWŸN is the creator of Apple Batter, The Pumpkin Blanket, Turtle Spring, and The Winter Gift. She makes her home in British Columbia, not too far from Vancouver, with her husband, two children, and a host of lazy animals.
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