________________ CM . . . . Volume XIII Number 4 . . . . October 13, 2006

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How the Sea Came to Marissa.

Anne Renaud. Illustrated by Maud Durland.
Hillsboro, OR: Beyond Words (Distributed in Canada by Publishers Group West), 2006.
32 pp., cloth, $20.50.
ISBN 1-58270-129-6.

Subject Headings:
Seashore-Fiction.
Grandmothers-Fiction.

Grades 1-3 / Ages 6-8. 

Review by Ellen Heaney.

*** /4

Montrealer Anne Renaud has written magazine articles for Cricket, Odysse and YES Magazine. She also wrote the book, Bloom of Friendship: The Story of the Canadian Tulip Festival. Here, in her first picture book, Renaud creates a quiet mood around the daily activities of a little girl who loves the sea in its every aspect. At the end of a visit to her grandmother, who lives by the ocean, Marissa has decided that she wants to have some part of it with her always.

"Tomorrow Mom and Dad are coming to take me home," said Marissa, tracing the outline of a small clamshell with her finger. "I have to find a way for the sea to come with me."

 "I'm sure you'll think of something," said Grandma Flora, wiping a smudge from the tip of Marissa's nose.

 "I know!" Marissa said brightly. "I'll fill my suitcase with sand so I can build sandcastles at home like I did on the beach."

 

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     There follows a litany of suggested souvenirs, all of which meet with some sort of gentle objection from Grandma Flora. After an evening walk and a soulful interlude during which the girl can't fall asleep, she is inspired by a snow globe on the bedside table to take a little everything from the shore and make a little "sea-globe".

     Maud Durland's soft, misty watercolour illustrations fill the pages and create exactly the right atmosphere here. Marissa is an engaging figure of about eight-years-old, and her hip-looking grandmother appears to be a self-portrait of the artist.

     Instructions for making a sea-globe are a nice addition to this quiet story.

     Beyond Words is a small Oregon-based publisher which has made its name in the spiritual and self-help fields.

Recommended.

Ellen Heaney is the Head of Children's Services at the New Westminster Public Library in New Westminster, BC.

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