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To the Sea by Cale Atkinson

To the Sea

by Cale Atkinson

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This was such an adorable book. I think any kid who's ever felt like they've had a hard time making friends will love this book. (I think anyone will love it, but the shy, quiet types will appreciate it even more.)
  sw502 | Aug 12, 2017 |
"To the Sea" is a tale about Tim who finds a whale named Sam stuck on land and in need of help getting back to the sea. Tim soon befriends Sam and comes up with a bunch of plans to help get Sam back to the sea. This picture book is actually a pretty touching story that can feel relatable to children who don't have many friends and can feel invisible at school. It gets into themes about loyalty, friendship, and compassion. The art in the book is well done, but you can notice that the illustrations are dark to help set a more somber tone. This book is best suited for elementary students of all ages. I could see myself using this book to help convey ideas of friendship and compassion to students.
  BrettMartin | Apr 22, 2017 |
Tim is a young boy that feels lonely and invisible. He thinks that no one notices him. Until one day when he meets Sam, a whale that got lost and can't find his way back to sea. Sam also felt lonely and invisible. But once they met each other, they no longer felt alone. Tim is a great friend and wants to help Sam find his way home. He thinks of a lot of ideas for how to get Sam home. He doesn't give up on him, even when it is difficult, because "friends don't let friends down". This is a very cute story on the importance of friendship. It shows that even if you feel alone, you never really are. You can always make a new friend and help them.
  chloeford | Jan 18, 2017 |
When Tim encounters a stranded blue whale named Sam on his way home from school one day, the young boy befriends the lost cetacean, promising to help him return to the sea. His initial ideas - driving, flying, etc. - prove less than effective, but then he hits upon the solution: he will use his bicycle to tow Sam down to the shore. When Tim's efforts leave him stranded in the sea, just as Sam was stranded on land, will his new friend return the favor...?

A sweet little tale of the friendship between boy and whale, Cale Atkinson's To the Sea put me in mind of Mac Barnett and Adam Rex's Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem, a humorous picture-book about a young boy who gets a blue whale for a pet. Although done in a very different illustrative style, Atkinson's story had visual as well as narrative similarities to the Barnett/Rex production, which featured a boy on a bicycle towing a blue whale on its front cover, just as To the Sea did on its rear cover. Perhaps Atkinson was influenced by that earlier tale? Whatever the case may be, this is a gentle, engaging tale of friendship made and reciprocated, one sure to appeal to young children who dream of whales, or just of making a friend that feels as much of a fish out of water as they do. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jan 7, 2017 |
I found this book was a joy to read. The story’s theme was to keep promises you make regardless of how hard they might become. Tim promises Sam, the whale, to return him to the sea. They had some difficulty in the beginning because of Sam’s size, but they eventually made it to the ocean. One feature that made it an interesting book was the use of color choices. The two colors the author uses are a dark teal and a tangerine orange. The author uses these colors to highlight the focus of the page. So throughout the story, Tim has an orange shirt and the background is a dark teal. This way your eye is drawn to Tim and he is the focus. Another feature the book incorporates is the way the book aligns the words on the page. So on one page the words are descending down the page as Tim sinks to the bottom of the ocean. This way it creates movement on the page and you get the sense of Tim’s movement.
  GabbyWooten | Sep 20, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 148470813X, Hardcover)

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.

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