Pebbles to the Sea
Published by: Groundwood Books Ltd
Imprint: Groundwood Books
Sales Date: 2022-10-04
Published: October 2022
Imprint: Groundwood Books
Page Count: 40 Pages
Illustrations: Full color throughout
Dimensions: 9.75 x 11.20
40 Pages, 9.75 x 11.20 x 0.65 in, Full color throughout
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Two children feel adrift between the separate worlds of their parents …
With their father at the marina, and their mother in the workshop, Flo and Fée aren’t sure where they belong. But at least they can still have fun painting the treasures that wash up on the shore.
One day they hear a noise and see a stone trace an arc across the sky — it must be from Henri’s giant slingshot! They decide to go see him, but first stop at the café, where they chat with the piano player, then visit their artist-friend in her shop. When they finally reach Henri, he lifts them up onto ladders where they can see two islands that were once connected by an ice bridge. “Have the two islands separated? Like Maman and Papa?” Flo asks. But Henri tells them there’s a sand bridge underwater that links the islands, just as the girls still link their parents. Then he, like the piano player and artist, walks away with a brush and can of paint. Where can they all be going?
This richly nuanced story is inspired by the geography and close-knit coastal community of La Grave heritage site on Quebec’s Îles de la Madeleine. The French edition, Des couleurs sur la grave, won the prix Harry Black de l’album jeunesse.
Key Text Features
Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:
With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.
Appealing paint-and-collage illustrations … a lovely ode to La Grave.Kirkus Reviews
This is a quiet and poetic picture book … an excellent selection for individual sharing and discussion with a child or very small group of children. Pebbles to the Sea would be particularly reassuring for children whose parents are undergoing a separation or divorce as it reinforces the stability of the bonds between parents and children, regardless of the family structure.Canadian Review of Materials
This book overflows with gorgeous Expressionism, collages of characters and scenes … [and] the story holds equal nuance and layers.Telegram
The illustrations, multi-media created with paint and collage of photos, torn paper and lace, [seem] to be pervasively cool, as the girls might feel their circumstances may be, but brightened with colour and textures that cheer. … [Pebbles to the Sea reassures readers] that parental separation is not necessarily familial separation, and that family can go beyond the nuclear family.CanLit for Little Canadians
Pebbles to the Sea takes us on a poetic voyage to a small corner … in the heart of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Leroux’s illustrations fill the book’s pages with a collage of images and textures that invite us to contemplate every detail. Each element weaves itself seamlessly into the story … Pebbles to the Sea is a story about community and the people in our lives who are there for us, even when we may feel alone.Montreal Review of Books