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Ocean Meets Sky

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Boy remembers his grandfather in magical, visual tale.

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Readers are in excellent hands with the Fan Brothers, who here pair their trademark gorgeous art with a family story that's emotionally resonant and comforting. The art in Ocean Meets Sky is entrancing, but the story's also tightly crafted and satisfying. Early on, Finn's shown gazing out the window with a toy boat and framed photo of his grandfather beside him on the ledge. When he flashes back to his grandfather, they're sitting at a table with shells, a pipe, and a carved whale, images that the Fan Brothers bring back during Finn's magical journey. The past is present as the pipe reappears as a cloud, the shells as "an island of giant shells," and the whale floats in the sky as part of Finn's fantastic vision. Astute readers will note that the great golden fish that guides Finn has the same drooping Fu Manchu mustache as his grandfather, as does the smiling moon in the sky. And when his mom wakes him at the end for a dinner of "Grandpa’s dumplings," the cozy family unit feels warm and complete.

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