Sea Glass Summer

Written by Michelle Houts
Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

Astounding watercolor illustrations accompany a sweet, quiet, heartwarming story that shows even the simplest things can tie us together. The main story is about a boy who spends the summer collecting sea glass and dreaming about it. He feels connected to his grandfather because he uses his grandfather’s magnifying glass to examine the bits of glass. Of course the glass collected by the boy also has stories – long before it was smoothed and clouded by the sea. The book suggests one piece came from a champagne bottle used during a ship’s christening years before. Another piece is from a shipwreck. And glass dropped by the boy after breaking the magnifying glass will no doubt be discovered by some other child years from now. The author invites the reader to imagine all the other stories the sea glass has to tell. Great for the imagination and great for remembering our connections with others.

  • Sea GlassTitle: Sea Glass Summer
  • Author: Michelle Houts
  • Illustrator: Bagram Ibatoullin
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press, 2019
  • Reviewer: Sue Poduska
  • Format: Picture book, 32 pages
  • Grade Level: PreK to 3
  • Genre: Family, History
  • ISBN: 978-0-7636-8443-3

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