Book Review | Winter and George: A Path Across the Sea
Reviewed by Jaylynn Korrell
An exciting story of two siblings adventuring into the unknown
The first installment of the Winter and Georgeseries, A Path Across the Sea introduces us to a dynamic sibling duo. This inviting story features two children who burst out of their comfort zones and get rewarded in a major way. Author Natasha Nelson takes us on an adventure that children will be sure to remember.
Looking out at the skyline from the pier, Winter and George have no idea where their imagination can really take them. But as the sun sets and the moon begins to rise, they are presented an opportunity that they just can’t pass up.
With a little bit of convincing, Winter is ready to follow George down a moonlit path across the ocean and into an adventure that includes conquering fears, meeting new friends, and blossoming sibling bonds.
The relationship between the two siblings Winter and George will be a highlight for any parents with multiple children. These two siblings take turns leaning on each other to overcome the fears of their new experiences, promoting sibling trust and bonding in a positive way.
While the siblings help each other in many ways, they also are a good example of how conquering personal fears can sometimes have some really positive results. One instance of this is when Winter is afraid to follow the path that was magically laid out before them across the ocean. Not long after stepping on the path with eyes shut does she find the courage to open them. She then finds that the path is lined with moon blossom flowers, a sight that opens up new images and smells that she soon finds out she loves. George doesn’t exactly have the same reaction, which illustrates how they can have different interests and still have fun on the same journey. There are a lot of helpful lessons hidden within this story.
While the first few pages draw readers in with a tranquil illustrated scene with faceless characters and a beautiful ocean view, we’re soon introduced to two wonky and bright eyed children. The book gets sillier and sillier from there as we meet a giant baby squid who, wanting to be friendly, guides them from the sea to the stars. Each page features beautiful deep blue and purple tones are a gorgeous backdrop for the story.
Children will love the bright pictures, fun characters, and overall idea of this book. It beckons the imagination to open wide while remaining silly and fun. I feel confident that readers of A Path Across the Sea will be invested in finding out what happens in the next book of this series.
Publisher: Atmosphere Press
Genre: Children’s Books / Imagination
Print Length: 40 pages
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