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Adventure That Can Be Too Exciting in Beautifully Illustrated Picture Book With Life Lesson of Love

Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

Ocean Adventure With Stunning Illustrations and a Life Lesson

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Sea Adventure Teaches a Life Lesson

Daniel Miyares' Hope At Sea-An Adventure Story is a beautifully told story with illustrations that are engaging in a picture book for young readers. Sometimes adventures can be slightly too exciting and the life lesson learned by a little girl who loves her father is more valuable than the adventure that she embarks on.

Hope wants to participate in her dad's voyages on the sea instead of just listening to his stories. Her dad is ready to leave on a voyage on the new clipper ship that is being built. The ship is completed and it is time to go. Hope makes the decision to stow away. She wonders if her dad will be angry if he discovers that she is on the ship. There are so many jobs to do on the ship. Hope begins to learn that life as a sailor is not that easy. They stop at many ports and gather cargo such as sugar, coffee beans and cotton. Hope keeps a journal of everything that she is learning. A looming storm changes everything. Young readers will find Hope's story to be a page-turner as they read to discover whether she and her dad reach home safely.

A surprise ending teaches the life lesson that all is never lost if one finds a way to keep going with family. Hope's father uses his ability to see the future even after suffering a major set-back in life with his surprise use of the wood from his lost ship.

Hope At Sea-An Adventure Story was published by Anne Schwartz Books, a division of Random House and is recommended for ages 7-10. It has an ISBN of 978-1-9848-9283-6.

Beautiful Illustrations Help Tell Hope's Story

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Bring An Ocean Adventure Into the Classroom to Provide a Wealth of Learning Activities

Daniel Miyares' Hope At Sea-An Adventure Story can provide a creative teacher with a wealth of learning activities. Picture books were always my go-to- tool when I taught young students in kindergarten and early elementary. This picture book is a great choice for teaching history and the lessons that the ocean can teach us. The clipper ship in the story is an interesting piece of history. The lighthouse is also an interesting concept for students to explore.

*Read Hope At Sea-An Adventure Story in a story time session.

*Introduce the concept of a clipper ship from our history and the idea that sailors sailed to many ports to bring products back to our country.

*Take a class poll of the number of students who think that Hope's idea of stowing away on her dad's ship was a good idea.

*Call attention to the products and ports that Hope's dad visited. Provide a globe for students to locate the ports mentioned in the story.

*Hope kept a journal of the things that she learned. Call attention to her drawings of the knots that sailors would tie with ropes. Provide a rope for children to learn the sailors' knots.

*Call attention to the illustrations of the storm that formed in the ocean. What happened to the color of the ocean during the storm? How did the ocean show anger?

*What did Papa do to use the wood from the ship after it sank? What life lesson can be learned from his determination to keep going after his ship was lost from the storm?

*Call attention to the lighthouse. Provide other materials that tell the history of the lighthouse in our country.

*Provide drawing paper, crayons, and markers for children to draw an angry ocean during a storm. Art teachers can use this concept to teach the use of dark colors in illustrations.

*Daniel Miyares is an acclaimed illustrator along with his talents as an author. Provide other books that he has illustrated.

© 2021 Cindy Hewitt

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