Saturday, July 19, 2008

Becca at Sea

BECCA AT SEA; Deirdre Baker; Toronto: Groundwood Book, 2007; 165p. Juvenile Fiction.
Becca at Sea is a lovely, literate little story, much-needed in, but ill-suited to our frenetic times. Becca visits her grandmother each summer in her home on British Columbia's Gulf Islands, usually with her mother and father, aunts, uncles, and cousins. But as this story begins, she is alone at Gran's in February, a little uncertain about what to do. They play Scrabble, make a midnight oyster run, and run smack in the middle of an enormous herring spawning run where Becca gets kissed by a seal. In subsequent visits, with and without her parents, Becca becomes more adventurous, more resourceful, and, along with her readers, comes to love the Pacific coast of Canada. Becca at Sea is a beautiful, calming book--maybe not a first pick for children in this frantic age, but a comforting read-together book at the end of the day.

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