My first grader has an active imagination and is always writing stories and making up creative play stories with her dolls/ fairies/ toys. When I suggested we pick some picture books at the library, she was initially reluctant because she is currently keen on reading chapter books such as the The Doll People Collection: The Doll People, The Meanest Doll in the World. She changed her mind when she saw the attractive cover on Sea of Dreams.
The book has no written story or text within. Instead, there are a series of illustrations on each page that enable the reader to make up one's own story which is what we did. My daughter and I took turns making up a story for each picture, with the rule that our story needed to flow so that it would make sense. Little did we realize the treat and surprise we were both in for! The illustration starts off innocently enough with a young girl playing on the beach and building a sandcastle. But as we turned the pages, that sandcastle revealed a magical surprise that took us both into a realm of fantasy and magical adventure, and let our imaginations conjure an equally fantastical storyline! This is a book to be treasured, along the lines of Chris Van Allsburg's The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (Portfolio Edition).