Article Title

Swashby and the Sea


Karen Abbott


Outstanding, Preschool, Primary, Beach, Generations, Friends, Neighbors, Old People

Document Type

Book Review


Captain Swashby is happy to be alone on the beach, so when a woman and her granddaughter move in next door, he becomes a cranky curmudgeon. He tries to shoo them away with hostile messages written in the sand, but the sea wipes some letters away, revealing a very different message. “Now vanish" becomes "wish" and "please go away" turns into "play." The Captain can't argue with the wisdom of the sea, so he teaches the granddaughter to build a proper sand castle. He soon discovers that for all his reticence, having friends and neighbors is a wonderful thing. When his little companion is swept away by the waves, he leaps to her rescue.