Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

The Sea House

The Sea House

Deborah Turney Zagwyn
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 6
Tricyle Press, 2004   ISBN: 978-1582460307

Clee and Simon are visiting their Uncle Hal and it promises to be a wonderful visit. Uncle Hal lives on a barge on the sea. The problem is that the barge is very scruffy looking (as is Uncle Hal) and nothing is at all the way Clee expected. In fact Clee isn’t altogether sure that she likes this place. Uncle Hal doesn’t seem to be able to do things very well. For one thing he cannot tie knots very and who ever heard of a sailor who couldn’t tie knots? Clee’s disappointment leaves her very depressed and she stays this way until the ship decides to slip its knots and go out to sea. Together Uncle Hal, Clee and Simon sail that old barge and soon they are having a wonderful time, connecting in a way that they never did before the barge broke loose.

The fourth in a series of stories about Clee, this is a thoughtful book about finding ones place in new surroundings and appreciating the beauty of the natural world. It is also about learning gracefully to accept disappointments, just as Clee had to learn to accept his uncle and his rather peculiar ways.