To the Sea

To the Sea

by Cale Atkinson


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Sometimes Tim feels invisible at school-until one day, when Tim meets Sam. But Sam isn't just any new friend: he's a blue whale, and he can't find his way home!

Returning Sam to the sea is hard work, but Tim is determined to help. After all, it's not every day you meet a new friend!

This picture book about the power of friendship by new talent Cale Atkinson is brought to life by charming, dynamic illustrations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781484708132
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 06/02/2015
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 937,404
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

Cale Atkinson wanted to be a whale when he grew up, but chose to be an artist and animator once he realized it was impossible. This is his first book. Visit Cale online at or on Twitter @2dCale.

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To the Sea 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
WriterReaderHeather More than 1 year ago
As book jacket says, “It’s not every day you meet a new friend,” and it’s certainly not every day that your new friend is a big blue whale that turns up outside of school. But that’s how Tim and Sam meet. And what do good friends do? They help each other. So Tim tries to come up with a plan to return Sam to the sea. In the process, Tim and Sam discover the bonds of friendship that tie them together. I fell in love with this book from the first time I saw its cover. The color palette is striking, and there’s even a surprise under the jacket (one of my favorite things about picture books!). The bright orange end papers carry through to the title page lettering, which contrasts with the dark blue background. Then I read the text—more love! When I read the line, “Sometimes Tim felt no one noticed him either,” I probably said, “Aw!” out loud right there in the book store. I knew I had to have this book for my bookshelf because I would want to read it over and over, and I was not wrong. I’m sure you can guess this book has a happy ending, but you still might be surprised by the last page. That’s a recipe for a perfect ending. In fact, the whole story shouts “perfect picture book” to me. Run (or pedal or swim) to your library or bookstore and read this touching book.