Over the Deep Blue Sea

Over the Deep Blue Sea

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When Akiko and Hiroshi moved to the island, they were lonely until Pablo came along. Proud of his island, he showed them all its glorious secrets and all the mysteries of the sea. But then one day there was a quarrel between Pablo and his two new friends, and Pablo fled into the dangerous sea.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 240 x 305mm | 407g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Japanese
  • colour illustrations
  • 0192799371
  • 9780192799371

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Akiko and Hiroshi are lonely on the island to which their parents' work has brought them, until they meet Pablo, who shows them the tropical world's entrancing secrets, teaches them to paddle an outrigger canoe, and shares the delights of a coral reef. Then, suddenly, Pablo declares himself an enemy: he's asked his grandma about the wreck in the bay and learned how "people from your country" attacked the island long ago. The conclusion is trite - Hiroshi sets out on his own in a canoe and, caught in a strong current, is heroically rescued by Pablo; then an adult explains that their ancestors may have come from the "same place," carried in their "tiny boats all around the world" - but redeemed by the vividly phrased text, while Wildsmith has outdone himself in splendid paintings of a lush tropical isle aglow between a richly luminous sky and a gloriously beautiful sea. It's good, too, to have the Japanese point of view on the lingering resentments born of WW II. A useful multicultural contribution that's a joy to behold. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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