Children’s Book Reviews
Children's Book Reviews: Ocean Meets Sky
Publish June 21, 2018
In Ocean Meets Sky, by the award-winning, dream team of Terry and Eric Fan, a little boy looks out the window, on what would have been his beloved grandfather’s 90th birthday, and decides it is a “good day for sailing.” To honour his elder, Finn cobbles together a makeshift vessel out of spare tires, a window frame, wooden gate, and a striped sweater mast. Remembering his Grandpa’s voice and the stories he shared about a place far away, Finn embarks on the voyage they had planned together. Waking from a nap, the child sees talismans of his grandfather take shape in the clouds, and once adrift on the open sea, a golden, mustachioed fish guides him to where the “ocean meets sky.”
The Fan Brothers’ distinctive, atmospheric illustrations are marvels to behold. Finn discovers exotic locales, like the “Library Islands”, where a hundred flamingos, penguins and spectacled owls roost on stacks of books, and he crosses a sea of luminous, dancing moon jellies. In a series of breathtaking, wordless spreads, Finn and his boat lift from the water and ascend skyward, travelling amongst flying whales, submarines, and hot air balloons, until they reach the moon. In a poignant scene, Finn waves goodbye to the smiling, illuminated face of his Grandpa. This elegant picture book is a contemplative and curative journey fueled by love and loss.
Linda Ludke is a librarian at London Public Library. Her reviews have appeared in Quill and Quire, School Library Journal and CM: Canadian Review of Materials. When she’s not reading and writing she also loves searching for vintage treasures.
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