An island in the sun by Stella Blackstone; illustrated by Nicoletta Ceccoli (2002)

Has anyone else ever suffered from I Spy regret? You know that feeling you get when you’ve just introduced a small person to the game and you realise they could play all day but that your enthusiasm is already waning?

You’re all looking a bit bewildered as to why I’m talking about car-games while introducing a book set at sea. Let me explain by way of a quotation from the book, “I spy with my little eye the sun in the sky and a bird flying by.” As we turn each page, revealing a new 2014-12-29 18.31.09and glorious illustration, we add extra spied things like a big tangly tree, a dolphin jumping free and an island far from me.

This is a sweet cumulative tale that is yummy to read and a visual treat to boot.

Check out An island in the sun at Auckland Libraries.

Or buy An island in the sun from Fishpond.


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