Perfect Picture Book Friday/ The Boy and the Ocean

Hi Friends!

Another Friday rolled around. Don’t they come fast now though? So fast I can hardly keep up. Seems like yesterday was summer but now we’re in a Polar Vortex and it is Cold. Bbrr!

So get some hot cocoa and a chocolate candy or donut and head out to Susanna Leonard Hill’s place and read some more Perfect Picture Book Friday reviews. And if I know her, you can restock your chocolate something over there, too.

Perfect Picture Book Friday/ The Boy and the Ocean


The boy and the ocean book cover_Title: The Boy and the Ocean


Author/ illustrator: Max Lucado/ T. Lively Fluharty


Published by Crossway in 2013, Fiction


Appropriate for all ages


Themes: God, Christianity, Love, Common Childhood experiences

Resources: Here is Max Lucado’s web site along with blog and other books he’s authored.

And for marine activities and habitats and teacher guides about them go here.


The First Three Lines: “The little Boy rolled over in his bed and opened his eyes. Through his window he could see the ocean. Big and blue. Rolling waves. Water crashing on the beach.”


Summary : “A boy learns about God’s great, never ending love from looking at the ocean, mountains, and sky.”


Why I Love it: “God’s love is Special” the books says. “God’s love is like the ocean, my little boy. “ his mother says. “it’s always here. It’s always deep. It never ends. God’s love is special.” This refrain is repeated for the mountains, and for the night sky with stars and moon. The little boy experiences the ocean, its’ salt, it’s waves, it’s starfish, it’s bigness. And then comes the refrain. Same for the mountains and sky.


As I read this book I got flutters in my stomach and shivers on my spine and arms. And I felt the rightness of this book’s message. And I’m not even religious right now. I hardly ever pray lately. But the way God was expressed on these beautiful pages, for the illustrator has done a beautiful job, seemed amazing to me. I could feel HIs Love. That is why I love this book.


As Joanna Marple says

“Each week a group of bloggers reviews picture books we feel would make great educational reads. To help teachers, caregivers and parents, we have included resources and activities with each of our reviews. A complete list of the thousands of books we have reviewed can be found here on Susanna Leonard Hill’s website.”




Thanks so much for reading this. If you would like to read more books like this one go to Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Books site  where you will find a treasure trove of good stories for students , parents and teachers and librarians. All categorized in alphabet order and in order of theme. Go there and see for yourself why you should and will want to tell others about it. Perfect Picture Book Friday. It’s awesome!


And my books?

My Picture Books in logo by Margot Finke

My Picture Books in logo by Margot Finke

Annie’s Special Day and Edmund Pickle Chin, a Donkey Rescue Story. Check out the reviews!! 🙂

See You Tuesday! Another special article on Margot Finke!

Have a Great weekend!





About ClaraBowmanJahn

Journal writer. Author of "Annie's Special Day" And coauthor of Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story." Proud mother and grandmother of wonderful kids. Wife of brilliant husband. Servant of two cats. Member of Pennwriters and SCBWI.
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8 Responses to Perfect Picture Book Friday/ The Boy and the Ocean

  1. Looks like a really lovely book! Thanks for sharing Ms BJ!


  2. Sounds like a really beautiful story and wonderful bonding between mother and son. A moment to reflect on our amazing universe.


  3. What a cover! I would like to have that view waking up! Thanks, I’ll be looking for this one!


  4. Stacy S. Jensen says:

    Thanks for sharing. This does look lovely. We’ll have to find it. My kiddo love the ocean during a recent trip too. So his interest is up.


  5. Wendy says:

    I didn’t visit the ocean this year-but you are making me wish I had.


  6. The weeks certainly have been flying by lately. They say it’s a sign of getting older 😉 Beautiful cover, so I can imagine the inside illustrations are just as beautiful. I love the ocean and I love where we live having it within easy 15 – 20 minute reach east or west. 🙂


  7. I’m always looking for books about spirituality to read with my son. This one looks great! Thank you for sharing!


  8. Great review! This sounds marvelous! 😀

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