Early one morning, a young boy wakes to the light of his alarm clock. He puts on his hearing aids and clothes, then goes to wake his father. Together they brave the cold as they walk down the dirt road that leads to the beach. Lakin’s understated story reminds readers that sometimes the best way to communicate doesn’t involve words, while Steele’s watercolor illustrations show that beauty is never far away.
The sweet, warm illustrations in this book add to the loving story of a father and son’s trip to the beach to see the sunrise. The boy is deaf, so this book talks about how he feels vibrations, reads lips, signs, and squeezes his dad’s hand. This story is an ordinary moment that is extraordinary because of the love and beauty of nature and family.
Patricia Lakin, a former elementary school teacher and an award-winning author, has written more than fifty published works. Her books, both fiction and nonfiction, span multiple age groups–from toddlers to middle graders. Patricia lives in New York City with her husband, Lee Koenigsberg. They have two grown sons.