Ocean Meets Sky
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 Details

TitleOcean Meets Sky
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 15th, 2018
PublisherSimon Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139781481470377
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Fantasy, Death, Family

Ocean Meets Sky Review

  • Jenna
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this book a lot. The whimsical steampunk-ish illustrations are brimful of charming details that could keep any adult or child reader engrossed for hours -- a truly inspired mix of whale, fish, bird, and ship imagery. The story is an ambitious blend of light and heavy, realistic and dreamy: it concerns a small boy, Finn, whose grandfather has recently passed away in his old age. Finn reminisces on his loving relationship with his grandfather, a raconteur whose fantastical stories nourishe I liked this book a lot. The whimsical steampunk-ish illustrations are brimful of charming details that could keep any adult or child reader engrossed for hours -- a truly inspired mix of whale, fish, bird, and ship imagery. The story is an ambitious blend of light and heavy, realistic and dreamy: it concerns a small boy, Finn, whose grandfather has recently passed away in his old age. Finn reminisces on his loving relationship with his grandfather, a raconteur whose fantastical stories nourished the young boy's imagination. In what is ultimately revealed to be a dream, Finn builds a boat and undertakes a solo nautical journey, assisted by a talking fish guide, in the hopes of reuniting with his grandfather in the paradise where "ocean meets sky"; along the way, he encounters some visually lovely mythic islands populated by book-reading birds and giant shells. In the end, his mother affectionately wakes him up for dinner; though he is never able to reunite with his grandfather in the way he most desires, he is sustained in his bereavement by the power of imagination and the loving presence of his family.By the way, it is worth mentioning that Finn, his mother, and his grandfather all have Asian facial features and the dinner Finn wakes up to is a traditional noodle dish. As someone who grew up in a time when Asians were very rarely represented in English-language picture books (other than as oddities), and even more rarely represented in English-language picture books created by authors of Asian heritage, I absolutely loved this unobtrusive integration of Asian characters and Asian cultural elements into the book.(Part of my informal "Goodreads Reviews of Quality Whale-Themed Picture Books" series.)
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  • Kathryn
    January 1, 1970
    Everything about this book is soothing and quiet with a lovely message. I loved it.
  • K.J. Mecklenfeld
    January 1, 1970
    Minunată. Am scris pentru ea un mic articol pe blogul meu. Musai de avut în bibliotecă :-).
  • Elisabeth
    January 1, 1970
    Magical and stunningly beautiful, this picture book will speak to kids and their parents.
  • Scottsdale Public Library
    January 1, 1970
    A lovely picture book that celebrates familial bonds, as a boy honors the memory of his grandfather by constructing a boat: one he will journey on to where the ocean meets sky, based on tales his grandfather told. Explores imagination and contains beautiful illustrations by Eric Fan. - Sara Z.
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  • Angelina
    January 1, 1970
    Four stars for the text (it’s not so much of a story but more of a dream journey) and five shining stars for the stunning illustrations! I’m turning into a huge fan of The Fan Brithers.
  • Aliza Werner
    January 1, 1970
    Never less than gorgeous illustrations from the Fan brothers. Part dream, part reality, a little boy remembers his grandfather by visiting the place where ocean meets the sky.
  • Taylor Kundel-Gower
    January 1, 1970
    So beautiful.
  • Beverly
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful graphite and digitally colored illustrations. The little boy's dream takes him past stacks of books, giant sea shells, a blue whale, jellyfish, and many other things.
  • Michele Knott
    January 1, 1970
    The Fan Brothers have done it again - another stunning picture book. This time it provides us with comfort after the loss of a loved one.
  • Earl
    January 1, 1970
    The Fan Brothers are back with another visually stunning picture book. Sweet and tender but full of magic.
  • Tasha
    January 1, 1970
    Finn lives by the sea, On the day that would have been his grandfather’s birthday, it is a good day for sailing and for building a boat, one that will help him find the place that his grandfather told him about, where the ocean meets the sky. So Finn spent his morning building a boat that was suitable for a long journey and then he took a nap. When he awoke, the boat was rocking in the sea and the journey had begun. As Finn got lonely in the open sea, a large golden fish emerges from the water a Finn lives by the sea, On the day that would have been his grandfather’s birthday, it is a good day for sailing and for building a boat, one that will help him find the place that his grandfather told him about, where the ocean meets the sky. So Finn spent his morning building a boat that was suitable for a long journey and then he took a nap. When he awoke, the boat was rocking in the sea and the journey had begun. As Finn got lonely in the open sea, a large golden fish emerges from the water and agrees to show him the way to the place he is searching for. They travel past Library Islands filled with birds and books, an island of giant shells, and a sea of glowing jellyfish. Until they finally reach the place where the ocean meets sky and Finn’s boat soars out of the water and into the sky, all before dinner.This beautifully rendered book is exceptional. There is a lovely consistency throughout even in the more dreamlike sequences. The text is simple and inviting, creating a world that children will enjoy exploring alongside Finn himself. The book moves from a feeling of grief and loss that is handled with delicacy to hard work in honor of Finn’s grandfather and then into a world of dreams and wonder.The illustrations move from black-and-white memories of Finn’s grandfather to pastels for the real world of today and then into sharp details and deeper colors of dreams. I love that the dreamworld is the most defined and colorful. Grandfather appears throughout the dreams in the form of the large fish and the moon. His presence is everywhere.A lovely and layered picture book about grief, memories and wonder. Appropriate for ages 4-6.
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  • Marjorie Ingall
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the Fan Brothers' work in Dashka Slater's The Antlered Ship. I think I love this book -- which the brothers wrote as well as illustrated -- even more. It's rich and allusive; kids will most likely see it as a story about adventure, and adults will recognize it as a story about loss, grief, and death. Every page is ravishing, mystical.The story: A boy builds a ship on what should have been his absent grandfather's 90th birthday. He wants to go to the place his grandfather told him about, I loved the Fan Brothers' work in Dashka Slater's The Antlered Ship. I think I love this book -- which the brothers wrote as well as illustrated -- even more. It's rich and allusive; kids will most likely see it as a story about adventure, and adults will recognize it as a story about loss, grief, and death. Every page is ravishing, mystical.The story: A boy builds a ship on what should have been his absent grandfather's 90th birthday. He wants to go to the place his grandfather told him about, where ocean meets sky. The boy goes on a magical imaginary (probably) journey, and returns home. Every page of the book is a trip. I kept thinking of Maurice Sendak's story about a kid who loved his letter so much he ate it. OH MY GOODNESS DO I GET IT.
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  • L.M. Ransom
    January 1, 1970
    This is such a cool book! This is the first one I've read by the Fan brothers, and it won't be the last. What a fun, imaginative story, one that takes readers on a journey by boat with a young fellow who longs to see where the ocean meets the sky. I adore all the art in the book, but my particular favorite is the scene with the 100 library birds. One of my fellow librarians counted, and managed to come up with 95 or so birds, but with the Fans' attention to detail, I'm positive there are 100 b This is such a cool book! This is the first one I've read by the Fan brothers, and it won't be the last. What a fun, imaginative story, one that takes readers on a journey by boat with a young fellow who longs to see where the ocean meets the sky. I adore all the art in the book, but my particular favorite is the scene with the 100 library birds. One of my fellow librarians counted, and managed to come up with 95 or so birds, but with the Fans' attention to detail, I'm positive there are 100 birds between the two pages. Absolutely gorgeous book.
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  • Viviane Elbee
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! This book has AMAZING artwork.It is also a wonderful story about a little boy, who had lost his grandpa and who decides to honor his grandfather on his grandpa’s birthday by building a boat and going to visit the special place where ocean meets sky - a place his grandpa used to tell him stories about.I would highly recommend this story to discuss the loss of loved ones with kids.The kids voted to give this book five stars, and they clearly found the ending touching.
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  • Claudine Carmel
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful in every way even down to the characters name, Finn. I loved everything about this book, the illustrations are breathtaking and you can pour over them for ages. I loved the whole story and the theme and as someone who adores the ocean this book just hit everything in the right place for me, beautiful is the best word I have to describe this book.
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  • Ruth
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely gorgeous book about a little boy remembering stories his late grandfather told him about where the ocean meets the sky. My child and I were both enraptured. This is on my Caldecott shortlist for the year.
  • Claudia Sanchez
    January 1, 1970
    4.5This is probably the most aesthetically pleasing book I have ever had the pleasure of looking through, but that aside, the story is touching and illustrations are gorgeous and I can't wait to find an excuse to buy this book.
  • Jillian
    January 1, 1970
    There's a line where the sea meets the sky - it caaaaaaaalls meeeeeeeeeeeeeeee(Honestly, I could not get this song out of my head while I was reading it.)Another gorgeous product of the Fan brothers. Beautiful illustrations, and a sweet story.
  • Julie Kirchner
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes books come into your life at just the right time. Another beautiful book from the Fan Brothers. They have such a gift! I love everything they do.
  • Chance Lee
    January 1, 1970
    Lush drawings and a sweet story about remembering a lost loved one.
  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVE the illustrations in this book!
  • Lindsey
    January 1, 1970
    This book is absolutely beautiful!!
  • Mely
    January 1, 1970
    A beautiful book with absolutely stunning illustrations. The pictures alone are worthy of a 5 star rating. With diverse characters this story spans across generations and is heartwarming. This is definitely a treasure of a book.
  • Hannah Greendale
    January 1, 1970
    A visual treat that celebrates lost loved ones through the wonders of imagination.
  • KC
    January 1, 1970
    Full of imagination, some wordless pages, and illustrations similar to David Wiesner.
  • Paula
    January 1, 1970
    Very sweet book of a young child remembering his grandfather.
  • Karrie
    January 1, 1970
    Lovely story of remembrance and imagination. Soft yet bold illustrations that convey wander and wonder.
  • Kifflie
    January 1, 1970
    Young Finn builds a boat to honor his late grandfather, who spoke to him often about exploring the magical place where the ocean meets the sky. But building is hard work, so Finn falls asleep afterwards, and his dreams take him to all sorts of wondrous places. The artwork is the usual Fan brothers gorgeousness. I just wish it hadn't been a dream.
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  • Mrs. Krajewski
    January 1, 1970
    Gorgeous. This book brings up a topic that all kids need the opportunity to think about and discuss.
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