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Sea of Dreams Hardcover – Oct 25 2011

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  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (Oct. 25 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596434708
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596434707
  • Product Dimensions: 28.9 x 1 x 22.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #177,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Kids drawn to the mystical minieature possibilities of the Borrower-esque in dollhouses and such will immediately appreciate the possibilities here.” --BCCB
“Children will love to pore over the illustrations, compare the two castles, the night skies, and the two views of the rocky cove, and wonder whether the new castle will withstand the night’s waves.”--School Library Journal
"One thing’s certain: It's magic.” --Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
“Nolan’s enchanting artwork creates a gorgeous, wordless nautical fantasy infused with the thrill of life-or-death adventure.” --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"In an ode to the beauty and mystery of the sea through imaginative storytelling and stunning art, Nolan allows readers to feel as if they are experiencing this dream-world firsthand.” --Horn Book Magazine

About the Author

Dennis Nolan is the author and illustrator of Dinosaur Dream, a Golden Kite Honor Book selection, Sea of Dreams, The Castle Builder, and Wolf Child, as well as the illustrator of many award-winning books including The Sword in the Stone, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Skywriter, the latter for Roaring Brook Press. He lives in Massachusetts.

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Format: Hardcover
This book is perfect for a two year old or older, and really encourages imagination. Beautiful pictures and NO WORDS. Believe me that it is a great book and you can tell a different story to your child everytime!
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Enchanting March 23 2012
By sbrundagehale - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I am a kindergarten teacher and I have read this book (at the request of my students) four times in the last week. It is a wonderful, wonderful book. The art work is superb - it needs a Caldecott medal on its cover. In spite of the fact that I am retiring in less than three months, I am ordering two copies of Sea of Dreams; one is for myself and the other is for my 49 year old daughter. This book has also been a great springboard for class discussions. "Did the seagull help them?" "Who lit the light in the second castle?" "The little girl built the second castle taller. Why didn't she move it farther back from the water's edge?" What a beguiling book.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A magical experience Feb. 9 2012
By Z Hayes - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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).
Great baby gift Feb. 19 2014
By Barbara T. Heller - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I gave this book as a baby gift and the new mother loved it! Beautiful pictures and artwork only, no dialog. The story is created to explain the pictures. Interesting concept!
LOVE Dec 2 2013
By Payton - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Love the illustrations and the imaginative wordless story! Wordless books offer children a chance to be creative and tell their own stories!
Beautifully Drawn Nov. 19 2013
By nomadbride - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
We absolutely love this book. It contains no words, but tells a story eloquently through beautiful illustrations. It ends on a note that leaves children with a mischievous idea of what happens next, and thoroughly captures their attention along the way. It's a great book for children too young to read and one that can also capture the imagination of a fourth grader, prompting them to come up with their own imaginative journeys, stories, or other ideas with a surprise ending.