Author/Illustrator Karen Patkau
Annick Press 1990
The colorful, flowing language and the enchanting illustrations, make In the Sea both intriguing and rewarding. This and any future titles by Karen Patkau are sure to be a welcome addition to your child’s library.
AWARDS & HONOURS
• 3rd Annual Dimensional Illustrators Bronze Award 1992
• “… a simple text coupled with exquisite illustrations. Set many depths below the ocean … in that mystical otherworld, the story is sure to capture the imaginations of young children…. the author involves the reader through a careful choice of language. … Crystal is “tossed,” “toppled,” “spinned” and “tickled.” … Patkau’s drawings are truly enchanting. Watercolour washes of rich blues, greens and deep purples are detailed with bright, chalky pastels. … a good bedtime story. The final few pages depict mellow scenes, and he book ends on a starry night that may (or may not!) inspire sleep. – Between the Lines
“… the first book Patkau has both written and illustrated. The story tells the tale of a glass fish named Crystal who joins her fishy friends for a daring but delightful undersea adventure. The illustrations are inspired, with the mix of collage and pastels adding an ocean-like depth to the work. Bold, vivid colors of the deep sea and its creatures contrast with muted pastels of the sunset and star-lit night sky…” – Canadian Materials
• “Using paper collage, this tells the story of a crystal fish in the sea. Glowing visuals, and simple text give some insight into sea creatures.” – Highly Recommended — New Resources