The Sea Serpent and Me

A whimsical tale about a baby sea serpent who arrives through the bathroom tap, gets adopted by a little girl but quickly becomes too big for her house, Daksha Slater‘s The Sea Serpent and Me is a lovely little tale about growing up and letting go. I have a sense that James prefers Slater’s Firefighters in the Dark (ANY book on firefighters rings his bell), but to me, this is Slater’s better and certainly more lyrical book. The sea serpent relates exotic stories about life in the ocean: “manta rays swim like dancing blankets and there are crabs with antlers and fish shaped like guitars.” He yearns to return, but at the same time, doesn’t want to leave the little girl. Finally, both are reconciled to the sea serpent’s departure. Giggle factor: not applicable. Adult enjoyment: OK, so I get misty when the sea serpent finally has to say goodbye & swim off. Illustrations: four jelly jars for Catia Chien‘s fantasia of watercolors.


~ by kaychubbuck on June 21, 2010.

One Response to “The Sea Serpent and Me”

  1. […] Similar in flavor to The Sea Serpent and Me, Jean Willis and Gwen Millward‘s The Bog Baby recounts two sisters’ adventures when […]

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