The Sea Saw by Tom Percival

The tale of a missing toy and a child grieving for her mother is at the heart of this picture book. It also features a caring relationship between a father and daughter and a long journey for the lost teddy bear which has been handed down through the family to Sofia and has hitherto been her constant companion. The word play in the title hints at the memorable and unusual personification of the Sea that eventually brings them back together in a dénouement that brings a tear to the eye. In order to create the landscapes and seascapes in the collage illustrations, Tom Percival has used more than 50 pieces of art from the collection of the Rijksmusuem in Amsterdam in very inventive ways. A distinctive handling of this theme, it could be linked to Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb’s The Everywhere Bear for younger children and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo for an older audience, both CLPE Power of Reading texts.

Simon and Schuster 9781471172434