By Frances Wolfe
(Tundra Books, Hardcover, 9780887766626, 32pp.)
Publication Date: April 13, 2004
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Winner of the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Book Illustration, Halifax Regional Municipality (The Atlantic Book Awards)
“On a summer’s eve,
a long time ago,
I made one wish,
on the brightest star
in a twinkling night sky
I wished for a cottage by the sea…”
At the seaside, where our narrator lives, there sits a cottage “in a fragrant field of Queen Anne’s lace.” There is a porch to sunbathe on, a beach full of treasures waiting to be discovered, sandcastles are conquered by the incoming tide, and a young girl’s wish comes true.
Beautifully detailed, realistic, double-page illustrations make the ordinary extraordinary in this gentle picture book that is a memorable way to explore the seaside with even the youngest of readers.
Award-winning author and illustrator Frances Wolfe has always loved the sea. Her home is on the Nova Scotia shore where her grandfather fished and has been in her family for more than a century. Although she has been drawing all her life, she has no formal art training. Frances Wolfe has more than thirty-one years of experience working with children in a library setting. This is her second book.