The Sea-Thing Child

The Sea Thing Child One stormy night the sea thing child a draggled heap of scales and feathers is flung up on the beach Afraid of the wild waves and the storm skies he meets a fiddler crab with no bow and together th

  • Title: The Sea-Thing Child
  • Author: Russell Hoban Patrick Benson
  • ISBN: 9780744578263
  • Page: 271
  • Format: Paperback
  • One stormy night the sea thing child, a draggled heap of scales and feathers, is flung up on the beach Afraid of the wild waves and the storm skies, he meets a fiddler crab with no bow and together they avoid facing their fears Finally, though, he finds his star, his courage and his ocean self.

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    1. I have recently become a huge fan of Hoban and I'm not sure what it is about his writing that I love so much. There is something in the words he uses and the questions he asks us to ponder that seem to stay with me long, long after I have read the book. All his work is definitely touched with the philosophical and I believe that with children and careful questioning, his books could throw out some fascinating questions about ourselves and life. This edition that I have is the first print and was [...]

    2. I picked up a number of books while we were in the States, most of them related to my history of science and magic research 'cause I'm nothing if not obsessive. And then this: a slender children's book written by an unfamiliar author and scattered throughout with simple lines drawings by his son. It cost a quarter. I had little room in my suitcase, but after reading the inscription inside I couldn't bear the thought of returning it to the shelf:Dear Tessa, This book has been mine as long as I ca [...]

    3. So I feel there was some deep and philosophical message here about tapping into inner courage and strength to find your way in life ('The finding is in me, and the finding finds the way'), but I was bored. A feathery, scaly bird creature and a fiddler crab talk riddles on a beach while the creature builds stone igloos. An eel and an albatross come to visit and impart wisdom. I feel like I just read a Zen koan.

    4. Hoban has done a lot of very interesting stuff. Some I love, some I don't want to go near. So far I'm liking this, as the last line on the first page is "He was nothing but a little draggled heap of fright." Well, actually, the first wordless spread is wonderful art, too, and I'm excited to see the rest by BensonWelp, alrighty then. Pretty deep & metaphorical & poetical and all. I bet some readers feel it in their hearts, treasure it. I can appreciate much of it, but much more is surely [...]

    5. A very thoughtful read, with an ending which provokes even more thought as to the meaning of the story. I love the fact it takes on a fable/moral theme as this means that it can open up more conversations with children about the meanings and issues and topics around that. A good descriptive book that a variety of ages could enjoy in different ways.

    6. Beautifully written, pleasant to read aloud, philosophical, and symbolic. This is a story about facing and conquering your fears and being what you were made to be. It’s not something most young children will be able to appreciate, however. Although they may catch some of the nuances, the book will in large part be over their heads and may even bore them. This is one of those children’s books that seems to be meant for adults, and unlike, say, A Wish For Wings That Work (an Opus adventure, o [...]

    7. I loved this book. More for myself than for little man. The sea-thing child washes up on shore one night and thus begins his journey of self-discovery with the fiddler crab. The characters in this book represent parts of every person. Sea-Thing Child is lost, confused, and slowly working his way out of the isolation of his rock igloo. Crab is overly emotional and irrational. Albatros is strong, confident, and completly self assured. This was all beyond my little guy, but the fiddler crab's const [...]

    8. I realized a quarter of the way into this VERY LONG picture book that neither I nor my daughter was enjoying it. However, I continued because I figured something amazing was bound to happen. This book has numerous reviews of praise; people are often mistaken. Yes, deep down there is some metaphor to life, overcoming obstacles, or not letting your fears get in your way down the path of life… but could less whiny more affable characters have been used to convey this message?? The seagull was ver [...]

    9. The little sea-thing child is dropped off by the ocean on the shoreline and he is too afraid to try flying back or swimming back to whence he came. Luckily he meets a fiddler crab and an eel and an albatross and the conversations with his new friends help him find the courage to head home. A quietly clever story.

    10. I read this twice. It sometimes takes courage to do what you are destined to do and not overthink it or allow fear to get in your way. This book is more enjoyable with a repeat reading. The illustrations are wonderful.

    11. An adult, poetic book that explores words and emotions of the world of the sea and beach. Gentle, thoughtful children will likely enjoy it, while busier, twitchier kids will likely be bored after the first page.

    12. Probably my favorite book of Hoban's. It's innocent and creative enough for a child; but poignant and poetic for an adult. Timeless as it relates to life. Fits into the classics of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, The Prophet, and The Alchemist.

    13. (Read with little sister as part of the "1,001 Children's Books To Read")I didn't like this story - it was weird and pointless. Not at all charming. It was cutely illustrated though and the ending was fine.

    14. I read this to Meena the other night. This is by far one of the deepest children's stories I've read. Go to the library today and get this.

    15. The edition I read didn't have Benson's illustrations - just some pen and ink abstracts.It would be a good read aloud for an imaginative child.

    16. My rating is for the first edition with lovely, minimal illustrations by Abrom Hoban. I find the newer Patrick Benson illustrated edition off-putting, and too literal.

    17. About fear and being estranged from your own nature. I don't know how well it works read to children but I thought it wonderful.

    18. A beautifully whimsical and strangely touching story about the friendship between the Sea Thing Child and a fiddler crab. Wonderful!

    19. Washed up on the beach during a storm, the sea-thing child clings fearfully to the shore until he discovers his true destiny.

    20. This rating is for the original book with subtle illustrations by Abrom Hoban. I can't imagine the same magic with any others.

    21. one of my absolute favorite "children's books", but just as worthy for adults. beautifully written and illustrated.

    22. Read this in the morning in five minutes with your cup of coffee. The second edition has beautiful pictures.

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