When I teach picture books, I tell my students that a picture book text is a poem. It’s a poem not because it rhymes, because not all of them need rhyme, but because each word is chosen carefully, and cherished. This is most definitely true in the case of The Specific Ocean by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Katty Maurey. It’s a book about a girl on a reluctant beach vacation who slowly, slowly falls in love with the sea.
IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN!