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Sound of the Sea - Jacqueline Harvey


Published: 1st October 2006
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This moving tale explores the relationship between a young boy, Samuel Sullivan, and his mother. Samuel is remembering the precious times he spent with his mother before she became ill and went away. With the love and support of his grandparents, Samuel gradually starts to understand and little by little realises that although his mother is gone, she is with him always. Jacqueline Harvey wrote this story one evening after an afternoon fishing trip to South Golden Beach, north of Byron Bay. A young boy about nine years old arrived with his fishing rod in hand accompanied by his very pregnant mother, and the pair evoked in her feelings of the incredible, often unspoken love, between a parent and child. Jacqueline began to think about a young boy she had known who had lost his mother at a young age, and the poignancy of his devastation and ultimate survival.

About the AutAbout the author Jacqueline Harvey is Deputy Head of Junior School at Abbotsleigh Girls School, Wahroonga NSW, and lives in Pymble with her husband and stepdaughter. Her first published book was Code Name Mr Right, followed by its sequel, Code Name Unwanted. Another book in the series, Code Name Rescue, will be published in 2005. The text of The Sound of the Sea won the Frustrated Writers competition held by the NSW Branch of the CBCA in 2001. About the illustrator Warren Crossett studied Applied Art at Box Hill TAFE, and in 1985 he won a statewide illustration prize. Since completing his studies, he has done graphic design for several advertising companies, and has also illustrated 12 educational books. The Sound of the Sea is his first trade picture book. Warren lives in Ringwood with his wife and three children. hor


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a sensitive study of a mothers' passing


from perth, western australia

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Inspirational
  • Well Written


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    Comments about Sound of the Sea:

    this one will tug at your heartstrings... and the
    illustrations! even the eyelashes are lovingly
    highlighted. a very beautiful book, perfect to read
    to a child (or adult) who has suffered the loss of a
    loved one. i would read this to my grand children
    even though they have not experienced this loss, it
    isn't always death of course that can bring about the
    loss, and split families would benefit from the book also. it gives a feeling of hope after the
    grieving process.. excellent

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    Jacqueline Harvey

    Jacqueline Harvey’s bestselling Alice-Miranda series began as an idea for a picture book but it soon became apparent that this perpetually positive seven-and-a-quarter-year-old had a lot more to say.

    The series has been sold to the United States, United Kingdom, Indonesia and Turkey and has been shortlisted for children’s book awards in Australia. Her first and only picture book, The Sound of the Sea was an Honour Book in the 2006 Children’s Book Council Awards.

    Jacqueline has spent most of her working life teaching in girls’ boarding schools and has been a Deputy Head and Director of Development. She is passionate about improving educational outcomes for Indigenous students.

    Jacqueline lives in Sydney with her husband Ian and is currently working on Alice-Miranda’s next adventure as well as an exciting spin-off series for younger readers about a sweet little girl called Clementine Rose.

    Visit Jacqueline Harvey's Booktopia Author Page

    ISBN: 9780733621680
    ISBN-10: 0733621686
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 32
    Published: 1st October 2006
    Publisher: Hachette Australia
    Country of Publication: AU
    Dimensions (cm): 25.0 x 23.5  x 0.3
    Weight (kg): 0.15
    Edition Number: 1