What could be a better adventure than sailing the high seas? In many stories, the sea and its unpredictability add excitement to a tale. Oceanographer Jacques Yves Cousteau said, “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” Here is a sampling of books for kids who enjoy seafaring adventures.
The poem “Song of the Boat,” is excerpted from Water Sings Blue: Ocean Poems, by Kate Coombs.
Song of the Boat
“Push away from the stillness of the nut-brown land,
from the road that leads to shore.
Push away from the town with its tight tree roots,
from its closed brown shutters and doors.
Push away-heave-ho-from the heavy brown pier,
from its pilings huddled and dull.
For the water sings blue and the sky does, too,
and the sea lets you fly like a gull.”