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Hardcover The Sea-Thing Child Book

ISBN: 0763608475

ISBN13: 9780763608477

The Sea-Thing Child

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On a black and stormy night, the sea-thing child is flung up on the beach, a little draggled heap of scales and feathers. Although he's made for diving, deep and flying high, the sea-thing child's... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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Russell Hoban, you sly devil...

While Hoban's two other entries that resemble this one (Marzipan Pig, La Corona) are both out of print, the good folks at Candlewick press have republished this beautiful book, complete with new illustrations.It may be debated by some that the old edition of this book, sparsely decorated with b & w sketches perhaps captured the spirit of the story more accurately, however Benson's illustrations are powerful and not at all inappropriate.As to the story, Hoban has again snuck his metaphysical/omni-spiritual grasp of consciousness into this little volume, but being the subvertist he is, the children he wrote this for will no doubt understand it.Replete with quasi poetry and moving allegory, 'Sea-Thing' is about a small diving sea-bird child who was blown out of his nest, and his great fear of the wind,the ocean and the storm. There are cryptic messages, filled with emotion:"...but what if I have no music in me?""Need must find," said the sea-thing child."Find what?" said the crab."Whatever there is," said the sea-thing child.As with much by Hoban, there is too much that could be said, but without doubt this little book speaks volumes about the fear of being and becoming--seemingly not at all distant from his adultwork.
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