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The Specific Ocean by Kyo Maclear

The Specific Ocean

by Kyo Maclear

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I was so impressed with Maclear's [The Fog] June's Early Reviewer win that I set out to find more by the author.

This is another beautiful children's book with a gentle message about a young girl who does not want to go on a beach vacation, would prefer to stay in the city with her friends. But although she resisted going outside for two boring days, as soon as she experiences the beach and water she is won over with the natural world. "Mama has a snowy mountain in Japan, Papa has the South Downs in England. I want this ocean to be mine."

"I used to call it the Specific Ocean until my brother corrected me," she confesses.

The subtle illustrations by Maurey are simple and beautiful. Suitable for ages 4-8. ( )
1 vote VivienneR | Jul 9, 2017 |
The Specific Ocean is a beautiful book about a girl who slowly comes to love the Ocean. She does not want to leave her city home and friends to go on a vacation to a beach house on the Pacific Ocean. She is dismal when she arrives, saying everything is boring; however once she sets foot in the Ocean, her senses come alive and she cannot let go.

With lyrical, but simple beauty, the sense of wonder for the ocean is awakened for a young girl. Through opening your emotions, the sights, smells and sounds of the ocean are brought to life. This book is perfect for opening children up to new discoveries and appreciation for the environment and the world around them. The artwork is in gentle hues that goes perfectly with the memories of the ocean. A great book for any child or child at heart.

This book was received for free in return for an honest review. ( )
  Mishker | Jul 10, 2015 |
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A young girl visits the ocean and wants to take it home with her.

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