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PB Review: Swashby and the Sea

September 24, 2020

Swashby and the Sea

Captain Swashby and the sea have always been best friends. When Swashby retires, it is in a small house on a small beach by the sea. It is quiet and serene just as Swashby likes it. When a young girl and her granny move in next door, Swashby’s world is disrupted, and he is not one bit happy. He writes messages in the sand to discourage the girl and her granny, “which the sea fiddled with, just a bit.” Instead, the new message left by the sea encourages the young girl to sing, to make a wish, and to play. That disgruntles Swashby even more. But when the young girl finds herself in trouble, Swashby is the first one there to save her. There is no way for him to stop the thank yous, the hugs, and the celebration by the sea given by the young girl and her granny. With a little fiddling by the sea, Swashby becomes a true friend and neighbor. Beth Ferry has written a charming story of intergenerational friendship with delightful seaside illustrations by Caldecott Honor winner, Juana Martinez-Neal.

What’s in a Name?

October 4, 2018

Have you ever wondered why you have the name you do? If you have, you’re not alone. Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela wonders how she got her name. In her opinion, her name is much too long. In the book, Alma and How She Got Her Name written and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal, Alma learns the significance of her name and why it fits her.

Alma

Alma’s father explains that each part of Alma’s name was given to her for a special reason. They are all names of relatives – two grandmothers, a great-grandmother, a grandfather, and a great-aunt. As Alma listens to her father, she begins to see that each name has a story to tell and how much in common she has with her relatives. The illustrations have a muted tone and are done with print transfers on handmade textured paper, graphite and colored pencils. The text and engaging illustrations come together to create a sweet story of family names, special talents, and love.


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