To the Sea Book
To the Sea Book
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To the Sea

Written and illustrated by Cale Atkinson

Published by Disney-Hyperion

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Sometimes Tim feels invisible at school-until one day, when Tim meets Sam. But Sam isn't just any new friend: he's a blue whale, and he can't find his way home! Returning Sam to the sea is hard work, but Tim is determined to help. After all, it's not every day you meet a new friend! This picture book about the power of friendship by new talent Cale Atkinson is brought to life by charming, dynamic illustrations.

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To The Sea is an inspiring story of friendship. Why did you create this story?

Cale: There have been many moments growing up where I've felt alone and unseen, almost invisible in my surroundings. I think most of us have those moments some time or another. I wanted to write a story which captured that feeling, and then showed how everything can change once you meet a friend (or whale!) that sees you for who you are. Having a true friend is a mighty special thing and can turn any rainy day to sunny skies. I wanted to create To The Sea to tell everyone out there, "You are not invisible, I see you!"


  • Age Range: 3-6
  • Pages: 48
  • Book Type: picture
  • Publication Date: June 2, 2015
  • ISBN: 0374301220
  • ISBN 13: 978-0374301224
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B is for Bookworm

Human Development Degree, Book-loving aunt

I love To the Sea! The illustrations are my favorite. So beautiful and I love the colors. To the Sea does a great job talking about what makes a good friend--they don't let you down and are there for you!

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The Book Snob Mom

Mom, Avid Reader, Austen Fangirl

I absolutely LOVE To the Sea. The text is simple and relatively sparse, making it a pretty quick read while tackling the issues of loneliness and friendship in a kid-friendly and optimistic way. The illustrations are fun, modern and so expressive—such a fun read aloud!

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Cale Atkinson

Cale Atkinson is an illustrator/writer/animator currently residing in Kelowna Canada. He claims to love tea more than sleep, which makes sense when you realize how many projects and clients he’s dealing with on a regular basis. With creative storytelling and engaging illustrations, Cale’s work has earned awards like Buzzfeed 17 Most Beautiful Books 2015, Ontario Library Association Best Bets Top 10 2015, and CBC Children's Choice Award Finalist 2016. Cale recently spent a month in Portugal, and you can see his incredible Lisbon-inspired art on his Twitter account where he regularly updates his followers as to his coming adventures and works.

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