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The sea-thing child Unknown Binding – 1972


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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Harper & Row; Ist Edition edition (1972)
  • ASIN: B004FKEFSE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Moon on March 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
While Hoban's two other entries that resemble this one (Marzipan Pig, La Corona) are both out of print, the good folks at Candlewick press have republished this beautiful book, complete with new illustrations.
It may be debated by some that the old edition of this book, sparsely decorated with b&w sketches perhaps captured the spirit of the story more accurately, however Benson's illustrations are powerful and not at all inappropriate.
As to the story, Hoban has again snuck his metaphysical/omni-spiritual grasp of consciousness into this little volume, but being the subvertist he is, the children he wrote this for will no doubt understand it.
Replete with quasi poetry and moving allegory, 'Sea-Thing' is about a small diving sea-bird child who was blown out of his nest, and his great fear of the wind,the ocean and the storm. There are cryptic messages, filled with emotion:
"...but what if I have no music in me?"
"Need must find," said the sea-thing child.
"Find what?" said the crab.
"Whatever there is," said the sea-thing child.
As with much by Hoban, there is too much that could be said, but without doubt this little book speaks volumes about the fear of being and becoming--seemingly not at all distant from his adultwork.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah L. Moore on January 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I wanted this book when it 1st came out and was never able to find it. When I find found it on Amazon and bought it the story was so wonderful and the book so beaufully done that I had to buy 3 more to give to my children and grand-children. They all love them. This is a must read for any child or adult. It is soulful, sad, happy and heart-warming. This is a very beautiful story.
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Format: Hardcover
I realized a quarter of the way into this VERY LONG picture book that neither I nor my daughter was enjoying it. However, I continued because I figured something amazing was bound to happen. This book has numerous reviews of praise; people are often mistaken. Yes, deep down there is some metaphor to life, overcoming obstacles, or not letting your fears get in your way down the path of life… but could less whiny more affable characters have been used to convey this message?? The seagull was very Zen that is about the only nice thing I can say other than the illustrations were quiet stunning.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful By bookish 1974 on July 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
Lyrical, yes, and nicely illustrated, but cryptic, tortured and interminable, this is no book to buy for kids.

I'm not sure whether much has been lost in the abridgement, but this reads like a junior version of a certain type of tedious French novella which makes you want to put it down and get an outdoorsy hobby.
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