________________ CM . . . . Volume VIII Number 17 . . . . April 26, 2002

cover Going on a Journey to the Sea.

Jane Barclay. Illustrated by Doris Barrette.
Montreal, PQ: Lobster Press, 2002.
32 pp., cloth, $19.95.
ISBN 1-894222-34-2.

Preschool-grade 2 / Ages 3-7.

Review by Catherine Hoyt.

**** /4


I'm going on a journey with my sister to the sea
We packed a big red suitcase and a knapsack just for me
We're bringing suntan lotion and a blanket for the sand
I hold the pail and shovel and my sister holds my hand

Award winning author Jane Barclay does a great job with her fun loving rhyming text. The playful words trip off the reader's tongue as s/he joins the children on their adventure. Meg and her little brother embark on a wonderful journey to the sea. The trip starts with a train ride through the country, counting cows and horses. Then they bike past a marsh where the reader is treated to eye-catching birds, cattails and a kite flying by. As the children brave the waves, they pretend to be porpoises, whales and pirates. Watching Meg and her little brother floating on the sea, digging tunnels, making seaweed pies, building sand castles and eating ice cream cones will bring fond memories back for readers and perhaps help many plan their next vacation. As the sun begins to sink, long shadows end the children's journey to the sea. Meg and her little brother end their journey as they began it, holding hands.

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     As Doris Barrette has illustrated over 25 children's books, her charming illustrations will be familiar to many. These vibrant watercolour illustrations will make the reader long for an afternoon at the beach. The marsh, lighthouse and beach dunes look like a Maritime setting, but neither the author nor the illustrator gives any concrete clues to where exactly the story takes place. These colourful illustrations will fuel lots of discussion. There are numerous beach items for children to pick out of the pictures and a few unusual sights like the bike they children use on their trip.

     Going on a Journey to the Sea is an excellent choice for lap reading and pre-school storytimes. "Read it again" will surely be a familiar refrain when using this storybook with young children. The book will be a great summertime pick. This frolicking adventure is a recommended purchase for public libraries and for gift giving.

Highly Recommended.

As the result of an exciting move, Catherine Hoyt is now the Reference Librarian at the Nunavut Legislative Library in Iqaluit, Nunavut. However, she enjoys volunteering at the local public library in the newest capital in Canada.

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