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Swashby and the Sea

Swashby and the Sea

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"An exceptionally satisfying picture book." --Booklist, STARRED review

"This readaloud is sweetly told as Swashby overcomes his bitter habits to welcome new, friendly, and energetic people into his quiet life." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, STARRED review

From New York Times best-selling author Beth Ferry and Caldecott Honor winner Juana Martinez-Neal comes a sweet-and-salty friendship story perfect for pirate-lovers learning new ways to communicate while at a distance. This hilarious picture book will keep emerging readers laughing, and the message-related mishaps in the story create an opportunity for spelling and sounding out new words while learning from home

Captain Swashby loves the sea, his oldest friend. And he loves his life by the sea just as it is: salty and sandy and serene.

One day, much to Swashby's chagrin, a young girl and her granny commandeer the empty house next door. All Swashby wants is for his new neighbors to GO AWAY and take their ruckus with them.

When Swashby begins to leave notes in the sand for his noisy neighbors, however, the beach interferes with the messages that are getting across. Could it be that the captain's oldest friend, the sea, knows what Swashby needs even better than he knows himself?

Author: Beth Ferry
Publisher: Clarion Books
Published: 05/05/2020
Pages: 32
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.65lbs
Size: 9.30h x 8.10w x 0.60d
ISBN: 9780544707375
Audience: Ages 4-8

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 3.4
Point Value: 0.5
Interest Level: Lower Grade
Quiz #/Name: 510127 / Swashby and the Sea

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 02/15/2020
Booklist 03/01/2020 pg. 65
Publishers Weekly 04/13/2020
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 05/01/2020 - Book Of Special Distinction
Shelf Awareness 05/08/2020
Horn Book Magazine 09/01/2020 pg. 60
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2020 - Superior,Well Above Average

About the Author
Beth Ferry loves to wander, explore and mainly laze on the shore, but only in the summer. She is the author of several picture books, including Stick and Stone. She lives with her husband and three children by the beach in New Jersey. Visti her at and on Twitter @bethferry1
Juana Martinez-Neal was born in Lima, Peru, and began illustrating when she was a teenager. Her debut picture book as an author-illustrator, Alma, was awarded a Caldecott honor.
Visit her at, on Instagram @juanamartinezn and on Twitter @juanamartinez

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