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Children's Fiction Imagination & Play

Grains of Sand

by (author) Sibylle Delacroix

translated by Karen Li

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Apr 2018
Imagination & Play, Siblings, Travel, Emotions & Feelings
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2018
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 3


On the last day of a family vacation, a little girl is as blue as the sea, and her shoes are filled with sand. What should she do with all of this sand? Together, she and her brother decide to plant the grains of sand, and imagine what will grow. A field of beach umbrellas, to wave hello to the sun? Or a forest of windmills, to fill the sails of a boat? Before drifting off to sleep, the girl has her dad promise they’ll go back for new grains of sand next year.

Spare text will prompt readers to wonder and imagine their own possibilities, while illustrations in a palette of yellows and grays convey the sun-soaked joy and the lingering nostalgia of family vacations well remembered.

About the authors

Sibylle Delacroix is the author/illustrator of Prickly Jenny and Blanche Hates the Night. She graduated from the ERG (Ecole de recherche graphique) in Brussels and worked by day as a graphic designer in several agencies while illustrating at night. She lives in the Midi-Pyrenees in France, where she now tries to draw in the day and sleep at night!

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KAREN LI lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.

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Editorial Reviews

“Kids will want to have it read on numerous evenings before bed, and you won't mind at all.”

Sal's Fiction Addiction

"The power of a child’s imagination permeates this simple story of the gifts that remain even after a vacation is over."


"Delacroix's idyll allows young readers to discover new, exciting surprises in the pictures again and again upon second, third, and 33rd readings—as captivating as an ocean breeze and soothing as a hug."

Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

"This is a delicate bedtime story in which young readers will find comfort. Perfect for seasonal sharing one-on-one or with a small group."

School Library Journal

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