SEA GLASS SUMMER, by Michelle Houts, Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline, Candlewick Press


Author Michelle Houts and illustrator Bagram Ibatoulline explore the magic of one of the seaside’s greatest wonders and the bonds that link us through time.

One summer, a boy named Thomas visits his grandmother at her seaside cottage. She gives him a magnifying glass that once belonged to his grandfather, and with it Thomas explores the beach, turning grains of sand into rocks and dark clamshells into swirling mazes of black, gray, and white. When his grandmother shows him a piece of sea glass, Thomas is transfixed. That night he dreams of an old shipyard and the breaking of a bottle. Could the very piece of sea glass on his nightstand have come from that bottle? For the rest of the summer, he searches for more sea glass and hopes to have dreams that will reveal more of the sea’s secrets. A stunning ode to stories and the seaside, this picture book invites readers to imagine the ocean of possibility that lives in every small or forgotten treasure.

32 Pages

Out May 14, 2019


I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Once in a while, I come across a fantastic book that just grabs my attention and blows me away with the story and illustrations. This is one said book.  This book is for an older first reader with clearly laid out prose supported by artful watercolor pictures to complete the feel of the story.

There’s history, a bit of magic and  cozy reading involved. The artwork reminds me of the Norman Rockwell’s style. The characters are realistic and expressive. The watercolors are soft and enchanting.

This hardcover has the same art on both the cover and the book jacket and the full page illustrations are perfect for the book size.

The story draws the reader into a world of possibilities and takes the reader on a walk along a beach looking for things that sparkle in the sun. Such a great story! I will add this to my personal collection.

I loved every bit of it.


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