The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles
The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles
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The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles

Written by Michelle Cuevas & illustrated by Erin E. Stead
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4 - 8
Reading age
40
Page count
16
Words per page
AD760L
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Jan 1, 2016
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At times poetic, at times quirky, heartwarming throughout.

Though The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles may seem to have a simple job, retrieving and delivering messages from bottles floating in the ocean, his task is actually “of the utmost importance,” for the messages he delivers almost always make the recipients “quite happy.” Yet while the Uncorker faithfully trudges through snow and storm delivering great joy to others, he wonders if he might ever receive his own letter. When an unaddressed note arrives bearing an invitation to a party on the beach, the Uncorker diligently searches for the proper recipient, leading to an unexpected but delightful gathering of friends and neighbors. Caldecott Medalist Stead (A Sick Day for Amos McGee, illustrator) captures the story’s charm with her unique woodblock print style overlaid with pencil sketches and oil pastels. In one spread, she captures the simple joy of the Uncorker’s deliveries with a profound nostalgia as an old woman sits beside her aged phonograph, complete with crank and oversized horn, holding a letter in her hand while she closes her eyes and savors the joyful moment. Her joy is juxtaposed with the Uncorker’s solitude on the opposite page, where he is seen striding away with only his faithful cat to temper his loneliness. Cuevas tastefully interrupts the story’s poetic tenderness on occasion by quirky inclusions like a “mouth full of cake” that bring an anchoring touch to the Uncorker’s celestial seaside world.

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Book Details

ISBN
9780803738683
Publication Date
January 1, 2016
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Page Count
40
Words Per Page
16.4
Audience
Picture
Reading Age
4 - 8 years
Lib. of Congress (LCCN)
2015032353
Lexile® Level
AD760L
Est. Fountas & Pinnell Level
~R
ATOS® Book Level
3.9
Accelerated Reader® Points
0.5
Accelerated Reader Quiz
186375
Accelerated Reader Interest Level
LG

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