Written by STELLA ELIA | Illustrated by WEBERSON SANTIAGO
*Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year
Every Sunday, Grandpa waited for me in his room, and I took my place at the foot of the bed. There were days when Grandpa wanted to talk, and days when he would sit in silence. Then one day, Grandpa began telling me stories about his life at sea. Tales of love and adventure and danger on the ocean waves. And that's when I learned who my grandpa really was...
'A masterpiece' – Kirkus Reviews, STARRED
'A beautiful and poetic book, full of the wonder of our world. The maps and their landmarks captivated my young son' – Get Kids Into Books
'A celebration of the imaginative bond that can be made between generations. I strongly advise you to go and get yourself a copy' – The Letterpress Project
I purchased this book for a 10 year old English Language learner in Finland. His mother (who was an exchange student in our home 20 years ago!) tells me he likes the book and she found the writing accessible for her son who has begun learning academic English at school.
A beautiful story that emphasizes the importance of sharing stories and how those stories can help connect different generations. The beautiful illustrations add warmth to the story.
A beautiful testament to the power of storytelling - it will encourage children of all ages to appreciate lots of other cultures, and allow their imaginations to traverse continents far and wide. I especially loved the moment when our 'old man of the sea', or Grandpa, meets Asia, and they eat spices that burned their tongues and shared secrets in ancient temples. Lovely colourful illustrations, as always!