Another beautiful ode to life lived in harmony with nature, and by the labor of one’s own hands, from an artist of great warmth and clarity

by Nikki McClure
Abrams Books for Young Readers, April 2016

Lavish with words and images in a story that is a worthy heir to Robert McCloskey’s work… The sense of place is so rich that it seems possible to smell the air and hear the gulls.” — Publisher’s Weekly

For one young boy, it’s a perfect summer day to spend at the beach with his family. He scours the high tide line for treasures, listens to the swizzling sound of barnacles, and practices walking the plank. But mostly he waits for high tide. Then he’ll be able to swim and dive off the log raft his family is building. While he waits, sea birds and other creatures mirror the family’s behaviors: building and hunting, wading and eating. At long last the tide arrives, and human and animal alike savor the water.

Nikki McClure is the author and illustrator of “Collect Raindrops”, “In”, “Mama”, “Is It Summer Yet?”, “To Market, To Market”, “Apple”, and “How to Be a Cat”. She is also the illustrator of “All in a Day” by Cynthia Rylant and “May the Stars Drip Down” by Jeremy Chatelain.

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