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I, Sea

By Suzanne Sutherland and Ashley Barron

From 3 to 6 | 24 pages

A playful tale about homonyms and the power of perspective

Told through the repetition of two sounds, this delightful pirate adventure is also a clever lesson on homonyms: words that sound the same, or are spelled the same, but have different meanings.

A swashbuckling tabby and their crabby first mate are enjoying a day on the water when—“Eye! Sea!”—a wave crashes against their ship and something gets in the captain’s eye. The two companions visit the optometrist, where the cat reads out the letters I and C during an eye test. The eye doctor explains, “Eye. See?” and teaches the pirate how to put on an eyepatch. By the end of the book, readers will shout “I see!” as it’s revealed that the whole story was part of a child’s bathtub playtime.

This charming ode to language and imagination is illustrated in Ashley Barron’s iconic cut-paper collage artwork. Read aloud, it will spark conversation and exclamation as young kids discover the whimsy of word play.

Suzanne Sutherland, Ashley Barron

"Clever ... Lends itself to reading aloud in a broad, expressive way and could serve as a first introduction to a feature of language."

- Kirkus Reviews

"A great conversation starter for littles learning about homonyms."

- Youth Services Book Review

"This thought-provoking book for beginning readers illustrates the concept of homonyms in a clever way ... The author and illustrator provide wonderful examples of the homonym concept for beginning readers."

- Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database

"I, Sea is truly delightful, and Suzanne Sutherland is so skillful at weaving together the many homonymic variations of the two sounds ... A picture is worth a thousand words, and Ashley Barron is masterful in her use of coloured and textured paper cutouts to illustrate this story of two sounds and many words."

- Canadian Review of Materials

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