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Swashby and The Sea by Beth Ferry and Juana Martinez-Neal

Updated: Jul 7, 2021

From New York Times best-selling author Beth Ferry and Caldecott Honor winner Juana Martinez-Neal comes a sweet-and-salty friendship story perfect for pirate-lovers learning new ways to communicate while at a distance.

This hilarious picture book will keep emerging readers laughing, and the message-related mishaps in the story create an opportunity for spelling and sounding out new words while learning from home!

A friendly girl, a grumpy retired pirate, and a meddling sea - what more could you ask for in a story? Swashby and the Sea is a story about getting what you need, rather than what you want. Swashby has lived his life on the sea. he likes the sea, he talks to the sea - it is, for all intents and purposes, his best friend. Swashby does not like neighbours, so, when he gets a pair of new neighbours, he does everything he can to shoo them away. But just as the sea has provided him with everything he has asked for, it takes his words and tweaks them to give Swashby what he didn't know he needed - new friends.

This is an instant classic for me. The tale is warm, humorous, and filled with heart, which will delight both adults and children. Children will especially love puzzling out the words in the sand.


Beth Ferry's words and Juana Martinez-Neal's soft-focus illustrations meld together to produce a timeless tale. This is definitely a picture book children will want to read a thousand times.

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