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The Sea Serpent and Me Hardcover – May 19, 2008

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PreSchool-Grade 2—A child narrates her experiences with a friendly sea serpent in this quietly quirky book. The creature drops out of the bathtub faucet while the girl is bathing and the two immediately begin playing and splashing. She puts him in the aquarium next to her bed and, as they converse, she discovers how he ended up in her bathtub and that he longs to return to the sea. She is determined to take him back, but the next day it's too rainy to go out. After a few more days of precipitation, the serpent, who has grown too big for the tub, points out, "the rain isn't any wetter than the ocean," and they decide to make the trek. At the shore, the serpent is reluctant to leave his friend, but she gently assures him that his new adventures in the ocean will be spectacular. The lovely watercolor illustrations are lush with vivid blues and greens, and the bathtub and underwater scenes are full of movement and life. The impressionistic paintings allow readers to fill in details. The text flows well and highlights the strong bond between the child and the serpent, a bond that will hold even when they are oceans apart. A great choice for one-on-one sharing, and as a bedtime story.—Wendy Woodfill, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, MN
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"Slater's lyrical text is accompanied by Chien's delightfully watery paintings in blues and greens...Imaginative and engaging." Kirkus 4/15/08

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"Illustrator Catia Chien's vibrant watercolor paintings reflect author Dashka Slater's lyrical underwater world." The Seattle Times

"The artwork in acrylic and charcoal pencil is as lyrical and beguiling as the prose." San Jose Mercury News

"It's a sweet, fanciful story about an unlikely friendship that seems as deep and real as any human one." The San Francisco Chronicle

"The text flows well and highlights the strong bond between the child and the serpent, a bond that will hold even when they are oceans apart. A great choice for one-on-one sharing, and as a bedtime story." June 2008 School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (May 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618723943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618723942
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,193,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I couldn't believe it when I found this book. My four year-old daughter has always been fascinated by sea serpents, and I was so pleased to find that it is a little GIRL who finds the sea serpent in her bathtub. Not that I mind having her constantly relate to boy characters when it comes to her fascination with stories about sea serpents and dragons and dinosaurs, but it is so refreshing to finally see one about a girl. The story is lovely, and the illustrations are just beautiful. And no pink! Yippee!
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The Sea Serpent and Me is a beautiful story of friendship and growing up. When my son was younger, he would always tear up at the end. He's older now, and isn't touched so easily, but I still cry thinking about it! Very sweet story with a wonderful message about the enduring power of friendship and getting older.
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The both the illustrations and the text in this book are extraordinary. The text really reads like something a child would say and can relate to - no tongue-in-cheek descriptions of kids here. Or parents, either. All the actions that our heroine takes seem perfectly logical to a kid. It covered some deep material about friendship and one person having to leave, but wasn't so wordy that my 4-year-old was restless. We loved it and I highly recommend it.
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The Sea Serpent and Me is a celebration of differences between creatures and a marvel of respect that each is what it is and has its own path to follow. There is the strong draw of affection that makes the human child try to postpone a separation with her friend, and there is the abiding love of letting go so the sea serpent can fulfill its own destiny. Their time shared is rich and magical. Their parting brings tears to the eyes along with the grace that allows things to occur as they should. The book abounds with marvelous metaphors and illustrations. This is a tale that can help a child to grow.
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The story here is fun. A little girl discovers a sea serpent and the book follows her journey from raising it, to realizing she has to let it go, to the moment when they part. It's lovely and simple and sweet. Children really respond to the understated emotion of the text and the rhythm of the story. And the book's illustrations are spectacular. Catia Chien has such a unique style and such a sense of storytelling. Every page is bursting with energy, The underwater creatures (the sea serpent included) are full of imagination and whimsy. There are whales wearing bow ties, fish shaped like guitars and an octopus with a top hat. Every time I read this book I discover fantastical new creatures hiding in the depths. But my favorite page is a simple illustration of the girl and the sea serpent facing one another, alone beneath an arc of flying fish. The girl's arm reaches out, almost touching the serpent. The text reads: '"But what if I'm lonely?" my sea serpent asked.' It's a quite page, and the tone is subdued. Then the story picks up again, the whales in bow ties appear, and the girl and serpent finally part. The Sea Serpent and Me is truly a beautiful book from beginning to end and I highly recommend it for children and children at heart everywhere.
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I have never written a review but I just can't help but share how much I love this book. My second grade students ask me to read this all the time. They love the story. I also think they can't wait to see if I am going to cry AGAIN... and I do, every single time. It is the sweetest and most touching story that I have ever read. <3
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Fresh, clear watercolors trace the journey of a tiny sea serpent who flow through the water pipes into a little girl's bath.They become great friends, unwilling to part, even though a growing sea serpent nneds to swim in a great wide ocean. Reluctantly, both agree on parting as she leads him back to the sea in her wagon. Very sweet and powerful!
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This is an absolutely wonderful book. It is a story about growing up, deep friendship and letting go. I read it to my 6 year old grandson and he and I were both completely delighted by the story. In fact, as the book came to its conclusion, my eyes welled up with tears.
The illustrations are enchanting and the writing is simply perfect....I recommend it to every child, every parent and certainly every grandparent.
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