Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - To Know the Sea

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Book Review - To Know the Sea

About the Book
Far away in a mountain kingdom, lives Isola, a little princess who longs for the Sea. Despite the heroic efforts of several young men from the village, no one is sucessful in bringing the sea to Isola, until Peter, an old sailor, arrives with his pack of books and his memories. He teaches Isola the lore of the sea and when she is ready, she comes down from her mountain home and sets sail in a ship of her own. An original fairy tale, this book with its delightful,quirky illustrations, reveals a child's unquenchable spirit and her awakening to the unknown world over the horizon.

My Take on the Book
I so enjoyed this book. The story is original and based on a little girl, Isola,and her wish to know the sea. She is so unhappy in her mountain kingdom that several young men attempt, although unsuccessfully , to bring the sea to her.

This little princess, Isola, perseveres in her quest and at first it seems no one can help. Then one day a sailor, Peter,brings books and opens up a wonderful world of the sea to Isola. He relates his experiences and she finally leaves the mountain top kingdom to ride a ship and experience the sea.

I thought it interesting the author named the little girl Isola which means island in Italian. Also that she chose Peter as her sea teacher, as he was a famous fisherman.

You will delight in the illustrations. Rhett Ransom Pennell clearly shows us the emotions of all the characters and especially the frustration of Isola and her parents as she seeks the knowledge she so yearns to understand.

I believe both the adult reading this book and the child who is fortunate enough to listen to it, will find ways to identify with the characters and the timeless story about seeking knowledge and of course the patient and loving teacher who relays the information.

It is a new fairy tale you will read often!

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