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A Drop of the Sea

Written By Ingrid Chabbert
Illustrated By Raul Nieto Guridi


Publisher: Kids Can Press
Publication Date: October 2, 2018
Genre: Children's Book, Picture Book, Intergenerational, Global Culture
Age Range: 4 - 7 years
Grade Level: Preschool - Second


Ali lives with his great-grandmother in a tiny clay house at the edge of the desert. Just her and him. Just him and her. They don't need anything more to be happy. But lately, Ali has begun to notice how his great-grandmother has aged. And one day, he asks if her life's dreams have come true. All except one, she tells him. She had a dream to see the sea, but now she is too old to go. So, the next morning, Ali sets off with a pail in hand. He is going to make his great-grandmother's final dream come true. He is going to bring the sea to her.

The much-loved duo Ingrid Chabbert and Guridi have created a gorgeous intergenerational tale about devotion and dreams coming true at any age. The love Ali feels for his great-grandmother is universal, and children everywhere will recognize their own best selves in Ali's heroic act of kindness. With the makings of a classic, this is one of those quiet stories that will stay with readers, young and old, long after they've put it down. Set in North Africa, it would make an excellent choice for a social studies lesson on exploring global cultures. It also works perfectly for character education lessons on compassion or courage.



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Author Bio:


Ingrid Chabbert is an author of books for youth and comics writer. She has been writing since she was a child but it was only in 2010 that she published her first youth album, "La fête des deux mamans". Today, she is the author of more than 50 albums. Ingrid was one of the founders (with her companion) of Les Petits pas de Ioannis, a youth publishing house (2010-2013). She lives today in Carcassonne. 

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Illustrator Bio:


Guridi graduated from the School of Fine Arts in Seville, Spain; since then he has worked professionally in all fields of image, painting, printing, design and advertising. In 1995 he began specializing on graphic arts, institutional, advertising and multimedia. In 2010 Guridi’s work focused on children's illustration books, posters for campaigns on cultural theater, dance and puppetry. He has taught workshops on illustration and creativity in Bilbao, Pontevedra, Granada, Madrid, Barcelona and Valladolid. He has published more than thirty children’s books, which have been translated in more than nine languages. He obtained the First Prize for the Seventh “Encontro Internacional de Ilustração de S. João da Madeira” in 2014. In 2015 he was awarded with the Best Illustrated Book Award for his book “El Rebaño”.  He has also been selected for several awards such as: Gremio de Libreros de Madrid and Premio Plastilina & Bloggers for his Illustration Trajectory, among others. Guridi's work is powerful and evocative; it plays with colors and textures creating imaginary worlds inspired by the magic of nature. To see more of his work, visit: http://guridi.blogspot.com/

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Guest Reviewer Bio:


Hello everyone! I am Laurel. My family consists of my husband, Vinny, our 5 year old son, J, and our 3 year old daughter, A. We recently adopted a white labradoodle puppy, Truman.

Weekdays you will find me at my sweet little elementary school where I am the librarian and computer teacher. Reading has always been my favorite hobby. I love to get away to places and times I have never experienced.

Even before we had children I loved children’s books. I was a classroom teacher for 5 years before switching to library media. I love when I can use a book to connect to a lesson or a situation in life. When Dani asked if I would be interested in reviewing some children’s books I jumped at the opportunity! 

Laurel's Review:

A Drop of the Sea is a sweet tale about a boy and his great grandmother. This book was especially tender for our family as our children are fortunate enough to know all four of their maternal great grandparents. At the age of four J started to ask lots of questions about family relationships. He is still working hard to connect how we are all related. This story would be great with a lesson about family members and how we are connected.

We discussed what we saw on the cover which prompted a sand discussion. We live in a valley and travel into the mountains often. The desert is not an ecosystem that our children are familiar with. This story provides a great opportunity to discuss life in the desert. 

J’s favorite part was when Ali filled his pail with the sea. This was another relatable moment for him as his favorite thing to do at the ocean is fill buckets with water. My favorite part was when Ali and his great grandmother discuss dreams. One of my favorite movies is Tangled because I love the theme of chasing a dream and I immediately made this text to text connection. The song “I’ve Got a Dream” can be heard at our house at least once a week when we talk about dreams. This story would be fantastic with a lesson pertaining to dreams.

Laurel's Score out of 5: 📚📚📚📚📚


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