GARDEN UNDER THE SEA by George Selden

GARDEN UNDER THE SEA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An animal story in the tradition of The Wind in the Willows takes Long Island Sound for its quiet setting and the sea creatures around Turtle Rock for its lively and opinionated characters. Actually, not much happens. What counts is the way in which Peter Starfish, Oscar Lobster, Hector Crab, James Fish and the old periwinkle, their mentor and guide in all matters of importance, take their small action. We first hear of it when Peter meets Hector, and Oscar, who is whipping him up about the disgraceful collecting being done by the shore people. When the sea creatures decide to retaliate and make a garden of their own with human relics, the principle that is learned by everyone, including Janet and Howard, the children on shore, is that one must not salvage for loot alone. It's a long story with many episodes, during the course of which we became increasingly fascinated with Mr. Selden's knowledge of the sea, and his ear for humorous, salty tale.

Pub Date: March 8th, 1957
Publisher: Viking