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32pp, color

10in x 9in
Juvenile Fiction: People & Places/Asia

Fall 2015


Junior Library Guild Selection
Georgia Book Award Nominee
Nutmeg Book Award Nominee
Cybils Finalist
2015 NY Public Library 100 Books for Reading and Sharing List
Pennsylvania Center for the Book Best Children's Books of 2016
Northern California Book Award Winner

In a Village by the Sea
By Muon Van
Illustrated by April Chu


Written in a spare, lyrical style using fresh, evocative imagery, Village by the Sea tells the story of longing for the comforts of home. A perfect book for teaching about diverse cultures and lifestyles through rich pictures and words, moving from the wide world to the snugness of home and back out again. 

"The intense illustrations, done in pencil and digitally colored, set human and animal characters into seascapes and interior scenes in an almost timeless Vietnam and extend the story far beyond the words...there's far more to this book than just the story...the illustrations, with strong references to Chinese pen-and-ink landscapes and Japanese woodblock prints of the sea, will draw readers to this book again and again."
        -Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews

"Skillfully using a variety of visual perspectives, Chu’s delicately detailed and colored illustrations invite close study; the fishermen’s nets have a gauzy translucence, and papery garlic bulbs, veiny basil leaves, and softly glowing lanterns are all drawn with naturalistic care...A lovely, resonant portrait of family life that hums with quiet magic."

        -Starred Review, Publishers Weekly 

"Now I admit freely that Muon Van and April Chu’s In a Village by the Sea is not technically a nursery rhyme in the classic sense of the term. However, Merriam-Webster defines the form as “a short rhyme for children that often tells a story.” If that broad definition is allowed then I submit In a Village by the Sea as a true, remarkable, wonderful, evocative, modern, diverse, ultimately beautiful nursery rhyme for the new Millennium. Lord knows we could always use more. Lord knows this book deserves all the attention it can get."
        - School Library Journal

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