Night on the Sand
A tumultuous storm rolls in, leaving two siblings homeless and afraid. Their parents are nowhere in sight; all that remains is each other, a single blanket, and a small orange. Together, they walk until their feet reach the sand. As the Moon looks down on them, they slumber on the beach. Others are among them, facing their same fate. In the morning, they each do their part, knowing it’s the only way to survive. One casts his pole, while another gathers firewood. Soon, in the far distance, a boat comes into view. As it pulls up to the seashore, the refugees’ fears transform into aspirations.
This is a beautifully woven story of hope, love, community, and resilience. It’s unique in that the author gives voice to the youngest child, allowing readers to see the experience through his eyes. The pages are sprinkled with imagery and symbolism: from the soft, delicate sand along the seashore to the tiny, round orange the brothers grasp so tightly. The illustrations emanate warmth and feature gorgeous color schemes. They bring the narrative to life. Children will feel the brothers’ hunger as the hours of their journey wear on, and they will celebrate their joy when the tides turn in their direction.
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