When a tiny sea serpent tumbles from the bathtub faucet, a little girl finds an unexpected friend. As rainy day after rainy day passes, the two sing songs, take baths, and talk about the sea. But little girls live on land, and a growing sea serpent needs wave upon wave of water. Here's a story about the true meaning of friendship, perfect for children, parents, and anyone who has ever had second thoughts about growing up.


The Well-Read Child

A fantastic book that celebrates friendship, courage, imagination, and childhood.

Curious City Reads

The language is delicious and Catia Chien's illustrations send me to the moon and back. You must have a peek at this small, sweet treat.

Planet Esme

The sort of book that children will remember for years, with images that wend their way into the landscape of dreams.

Rocky Mountain News

Chien's watercolors are so exuberant that you almost expect to feel water splashing from the tub, while Slater's story is so light and fun that her message of learning to let go couldn't be more gently received.

The Seattle Times

Illustrator Catia Chien's vibrant watercolor paintings reflect author Dashka Slater's lyrical underwater world.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

A touching tale of friendship and growing up.

School Library Journal

Quietly quirky... A great choice for one-on-one sharing, and as a bedtime story.

Winston-Salem Journal

Lyrical, lovely and a bit loopy -- perfect for summer reading.

San Francisco Chronicle

A sweet, fanciful story about an unlikely friendship that seems as deep and real as any human one.

The San Jose Mercury News

Lyrical and beguiling.

Kirkus Reviews

Imaginative and engaging.

Junior Library Guild Selection

2008 Cybil Award Finalist


2010 Chickadee Award Nominee

2008 Librarians’ Choices List of Best Books for Children and Young Adults

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