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Wave

Lee, Suzy (Author/Illustrator)
Chronicle Books 2008. 40 pages
First published: 2008
ISBN: 9780811859240 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

setting

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

In this wordless picture book, a little girl makes friends with an ocean wave. She’s curious, but cautious at first, observing from a distance while a group of seagulls stand behind her, perhaps equally circumspect. Eventually she works up her courage to enter the wave, kicking and splashing, and the seagulls hover playfully around her. At one point she challenges the wave, sticking her tongue out at it with her hands on her hips. The wave responds with force, knocking her to the ground in a moment of bewilderment.

The digitally manipulated illustrations are done in charcoal and acrylics. The result is an interesting contrast between the girl, drawn in rudimentary black charcoal lines, and the wave, painted in bright blue acrylic. The girl mostly appears on the left page and the wave on the right, except when the two convene and play together.

Although the book is wordless, the illustrations allow for a poetic narrative of a relationship between a young girl and a powerful wave. The last page shows the girl with her mother, leaving the beach. The mother is obscured under an umbrella, but we see the girl turning back to wave goodbye to the sea, as if to an old friend.

  •  Brainstorm what you know about the sea. What do you see, feel, smell? What is hidden from view?
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    What memories do you have of playing in water: in a bath, a pond, a river, a lake or the ocean? Draw a picture of your favourite memory. Underneath your drawing, explain what makes this memory special.

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    For each page of the book, write a sentence that describes the emotion(s) the little girl is feeling. Explain which aspects of the illustrations lead you to infer these emotions.

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    Examine the book cover and endpapers. What do you know about the sea? Create an anchor chart with sea-related words. Make predictions about the story.

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    As you go through the pictures, discuss the art, how the characters and the waves are drawn, the actions, the girl’s emotions and the wave’s movements.

  •  Use sticky notes to add speech bubbles to the pictures.
  •  Draw a beach memory in the same style. Write a diary entry about it or a caption for a photograph.
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