K-Gr 2-In this cumulative, repetitive poem, a boy sails over a luminous blue sea, looking through his spyglass. He sees a happy bird, the yellow sun, a jumping dolphin, and a faraway island. When he reaches it, he finds that his dog is there to greet him. The two happily spend the day together before returning over the sea. Though the narrative is brief, there is much to applaud here. The excellent Spanish translation keeps the meter, rhythm, and rhyme intact, begging reading and rereading aloud. The repetitive poetic form, as well as the artistic wavelike line of words across the page, makes this an excellent pattern book and a model of concrete poetry. Given all these strengths, the beautiful, primitive acrylic illustrations are icing on the cake. Using the blue of a tropical sea as the predominate color, the cool of an ocean-washed summer day is almost palpable, and the joy of the blue-haired protagonist is contagious. This is a sound purchase for bookstores and libraries, and is especially suited for ELL or bilingual programs. Ann Welton, Grant Center for the Expressive Arts, Tacoma, WA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.