THE SEA AND I by Harutaka Nakawatari


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In his first picture book, a Japanese illustrator evokes the feelings of an island fisherman's son on a day when he bids his father farewell at dawn, wonders whether a storm is coming as he explores the shore and watches the threatening waves and weather, then finally welcomes his father home in the calm of sunset, for an evening of stories about his voyages. The exquisitely detailed, broad watercolors (many of them a full 23-inch double spread) are of greatest interest here, presenting lovely realistic panoramas of the thundering waves, a breakwater, and a lighthouse atop a rugged cliff. Outstanding art; though the story is quiet, the boy's love and concern for his father have universal appeal.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1992
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: "Farrar, Straus & Giroux"