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The Sea That Sings To Me

by (author) Kara Griffin

illustrated by Marla Lesage

Acorn Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2023
General, Country Life, Music
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2023
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Aug 2023
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3


In this story an Island girl can hear music in the ocean — not as a metaphor, but as melodies, percussion, harmonies ringing from the waves.
She tries to find someone else in the town who can hear what she hears, but everyone is too noisy and busy to pay attention.
When a giant storm comes to her town, it makes an enormous cacophony — and in the silence afterwards, when the townspeople finally put down their work and come down to the water's edge, the girl finally meets a friend who can hear the music too.
With lyrical words and beautiful illustrations, The Sea that Sings to Me is an ode to the special connection we have with the natural world.

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About the authors

Born and raised in beautiful Prince Edward Island, Kara Griffin grew up in a small rural community on the North Shore. Her writing is inspired by her love for nature and animals. Her hopeful stories celebrate the beauty and wonder of nature and invite us to see and understand the world through our hearts. She lives in Charlottetown with her charming cat, Amelia. The Sea That Sings To Me is her debut children's book. Visit

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Marla Lesage est une infirmière qui aime raconter des histoires, vraies ou imaginées, en dessinant, en peignant, en illustrant et en décrivant des scènes de la vie urbaine. Ses oeuvres figurent dans des collections privées au Canada, aux États-Unis et en Australie, et son premier livre illustré, Pirate Year Round, est paru en 2019. Elle a eu l’idée d’écrire À chacun son masque en visitant une ferme pédagogique. Ses enfants, masqués, ont alors découvert que les masques ont un superpouvoir : bloquer les odeurs nauséabondes ! Marla habite près de Fredericton, au Nouveau-Brunswick.


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Editorial Reviews

The Sea that Sings to Me by Kara Griffin is a charming parable about the opening of hearts to the magic of the music of the sea. An Island girl has the ability to hear the myriad melodies and harmonies of the ocean in all its moods, while those around her are so engaged in or distracted by the noise of modern life that they cannot hear the songs of the sea until a storm knocks out the power of the seaside town.
Deirdre Kessler, author of Lobster in My Pocket

Put a conch to an ear and listen to the ocean. We can all hear it. But what if we could hear the rest of the music the sea sings? Kara Griffin's captivating book The Sea the Sings to Me introduces us to an Island girl who has the gift of knowing the ocean's secrets through its music. This is no flippant talent. If we could remember what it was like to be a child, purely open to the world's mystery and magic, maybe we would hear the sea sing too. The girl wonders why only she hears the sea's music and tries to unlock the secret. Come along and find out. Sea song awaits.
Catherine Edward, author of The Whither Poems

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