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Ocean Meets Sky

Written by Terry Fan, Eric Fan

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LoveReading View on Ocean Meets Sky

Mesmirising illustrations entice the reader into a gentle tale of grieving and celebrating a much loved grandparent

Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018

July 2018 Book of the Month |    Beautifully written, beautifully illustrated, Ocean Meets Sky is a celebration of love and the imagination, and a wonderful book to prompt discussion of loss, particularly of a grandparent.  Finn has vivid memories of his grandfather and the exciting stories he told.  On the day his grandfather would have been 90, Finn builds a boat out of junk and leftover bits of wood.  Falling asleep, he dreams an amazing adventure where, in the company of a golden fish, he visits the magical place his grandfather described, where ocean meets sky. Surrounded by whales, strange vessels and starbright jellyfish, he floats up to the moon and finds it has his grandfather’s face, until his mother’s voice calls him home for supper. With a rare sense of silence and wonder this is a story to pore over, to share and to return to again and again.

Andrea Reece

Ocean Meets Sky Synopsis

 From the creators of The Night Gardener, comes a stunning new picture book about a young boy who sets sail to find a place his grandfather told him about... the spot where the ocean meets the sky.

It's a good day for sailing. Finn lives by the sea and the sea lives by him. Every time he looks out his window it's a constant reminder of the stories his grandfather told him about the place where the ocean meets the sky. Where whales and jellyfish soar and birds and castles float. Finn's grandfather is gone now but Finn knows the perfect way to honor him. He'll build his own ship and sail out to find this magical place himself! And when he arrives, maybe, just maybe, he'll find something he didn't know he was looking for.

Ocean Meets Sky Press Reviews

`The book is in a word, stunning'  KidLitTV

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ISBN: 9781786032058
Publication date: 06/06/2018
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781786032058
Publication date: 6th June 2018
Author: Terry Fan, Eric Fan
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers, 7+ readers
Recommendations: Books of the Month
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners, Carnegie Greenaway, Summer Reading

About Terry Fan, Eric Fan

Terry Fan received his formal art training at Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Canada. His work is a blend of traditional and contemporary techniques, using ink or graphite mixed with digital. He spends his days (and nights) creating magical paintings, portraits, and prints. The Night Gardener is his first book. Born in Illinois, he now lives in Toronto. Visit him online at and on Facebook and on Twitter. Eric Fan is an artist and writer who lives in Toronto, Canada. Born in Hawaii and raised in Toronto, he attended the Ontario College of ...

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