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Sea of Dreams Hardcover – Oct 25 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (Oct. 25 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596434708
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596434707
  • Product Dimensions: 28.9 x 0.9 x 22.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #262,685 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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Amazon.com: HASH(0xb7b7a9c0) out of 5 stars 15 reviews
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HASH(0xa652d870) out of 5 stars Enchanting March 23 2012
By sbrundagehale - Published on Amazon.com
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.
HASH(0xa6cd4378) out of 5 stars Beautifully Drawn Nov. 19 2013
By nomadbride - Published on Amazon.com
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.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa63aeb58) out of 5 stars A magical experience Feb. 9 2012
By Z Hayes - Published on Amazon.com
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).
HASH(0xa7b3eb34) out of 5 stars Boost for kids' imagination (and yours). Perfect for multi-lingual families March 29 2015
By Urszula - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As many other reviewers noted - no words in this book beyond title.

Having "read" this book countless times over the years with our children and their friends, we still discover new details and new dimensions to the story. We still discuss what "really" happened.
Isn't that what you'd want from a book?

Bonus for multi-lingual families - finally a book that all grandparents and members of extended family can "read" irrespective of the language involved!
HASH(0xa61aabac) out of 5 stars Review by a 15-Year-Old Girl Feb. 13 2013
By Miranda Grace - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I do not typically enjoy wordless books, but this is magical. There are few books as wonderful as this, that thrill one with the hope of something better, stretching one's imagination to believe the impossible.

For what are we without our dreams? What are we without our high and lofty aspirations? If we have no hope of something better than this filthy, wretched world, are we really any better than the animals?

Mr. Nolan's illustrations are beautiful and engrossing. In fact, when I first picked up the book, I could hardly tear my eyes from the enchanting images.

At one point, a young boy is almost consumed by a fish, by just in time a few mermaid children save him. They are rather skimpily clad in what appears to be ribbonish seaweed. This is my one and only problem with this book, but it bothers me so little that I still give it 5 stars.

I do believe this book could be expanded into a thrilling classic. Thank you, Mr. Nolan, for providing me so much happiness through your remarkably ingenious tale. It has turned something so simple into something simply magical.