GRAYBOY by Kay Chorao


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Age Range: 4 - 7
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A girl recalls a memorable summer when she, her grandparents, and her friend Robert find an injured seagull they name Grayboy. The gull becomes a part of their days of shell-collecting and sandcastle-building as they hunt crabs and catch minnows to feed him. One day a storm catches Robert and his father stuck out in their fishing boat because of engine problems. Everyone is worried, but the two survive with just bruises. The girl compares Robert’s injuries to those of Grayboy’s, but when they find the gull, he is dead, half-covered in the sand. As the children bury him, they want to cry but don’t because Grayboy gave them a happy summer just as they gave him one. Basing her story on personal experience, the author says, “the book was written to celebrate the beauty and wonder of Peconic Bay, Long Island.” Full-bleed gouache illustrations face each page of boxed, slightly long text that includes additional spot art. They express the sand, water, and warmth of beach days and softly underscore the message of nature appreciation that is also unobtrusively woven into the story. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: June 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-8050-6411-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2002


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