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Sea-Wishing Day, A

by (author) Robert Heidbreder

illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2007
General, Bedtime & Dreams
Recommended Age
3 to 8
Recommended Grade
p to 3
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2007
    List Price

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Out of print

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Ahoy, mateys! Let's hop a ship and sail away! On a hot summer day, a wish transforms an urban backyard into a place of breezy high-seas adventure. As our bold Captain and Skipper ride the salty waves, they encounter a beastly sea monster, buried treasure, a scurvy pirate crew, lovely mermaids and more.

The creative pair who brought you the acclaimed I Wished for a Unicorn offer up another celebration of the boundless distances a childhood wish can travel. With rich, spirited illustrations and sparkling rhymes that beg to be repeated, A Sea-Wishing Day is a spellbinding voyage into the imagination. Anchors aweigh!

About the authors

Robert Heidbreder was born in Illinois but now lives in British Columbia. He has enchanted children with his joyful poems and rhymes for more than two decades. A former elementary school teacher (and winner of the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence), he believes that children's love of silly and absurd combinations of words makes them natural poets. His books include Eenie Meenie Manitoba, Don't Eat Spiders, I Wished for a Unicorn, Drumheller Dinosaur Dance, Python Play, See Saw Saskatchewan, Crocodiles Say, A Sea-Wishing Day, Lickety-Split, Crocodiles Play, Shake-Awakes, Noisy Poems for a Busy Day, Black and Bittern Was Night and Song for a Summer Night.

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Kady MacDonald Denton Kady MacDonald Denton has illustrated numerous children’s titles, including Before I Go to Sleep, ‘Til All the Stars Have Fallen and A Child’s Treasury of Nursery Rhymes, which won the Governor General's Award. She lives in Peterborough, Ontario.

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  • Short-listed, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award
  • Winner, Best Bets Picture Book, Ontario Library Association

Editorial Reviews

Heidbreder's rousing poem is precise, colorful and accessible, a terrific combination for young readers. Denton's gouache illustrations are similarly pitch-perfect, fun and funny ...

Kirkus Reviews

Librarian Reviews

A Sea-Wishing Day

On a summer day, a wish transforms a backyard into a place of high-seas adventure. As our captain and skipper ride the salty waves, they encounter a pirate crew, mermaids and more. This voyage into the imagination features rich, spirited illustrations.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2008.

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