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Old Man of the Sea - by Stella Elia (Hardcover)

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Number of Pages: 40

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Sub-Genre: Family

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Lantana Publishing

Age Range: 4-8 Years

Book theme: Multigenerational

Author: Stella Elia

Language: English

TCIN: 76380769
UPC: 9781911373544
Item Number (DPCI): 248-64-1260


A grandson recounts his grandpa's love for the sea and worldwide adventures in this Brazilian import. 'Every line on my skin tells the story of my life, ' Grandpa tells his narrating grandson before he begins sharing his life's story. With the help of Santiago's striking illustrations, Elia shows this old salt's love for each land he visited in his youth as a sailor. Grandpa shares his travels from Europe, where he'ate picnics in groves of olive trees, ' to Africa, where he 'climbed sand dunes to watch the sun go down.' From Asia to Oceania and finally America, Santiago's vibrant palette depicts famous landmarks and animals in each of the five continents (North and South America are considered as one, and Antarctica doesn't make an appearance). With a touch of the fantastical, the narrative carries readers over the oceans as Grandpa's ship rides the hump of a whale from continent to continent and Grandpa collects stories. While at sea, the vastness provides a calm and contemplative blue space, with Grandpa's boat urging readers to turn the page. Like the grandson, readers might also wonder if Grandpa's stories are true, but it won't matter as this gorgeous story will have them returning to the beginning of the book to once again embark on the journey. Both grandfather and grandson have brown skin; by originating Grandpa's travels outside of Europe, the story interestingly complicates questions of imperialism. A masterpiece.--starred, Kirkus Reviews

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