Bookbed reviews: ‘Meet Me By the Sea’ by Taltal Levi

by KB Meniado

THE STORY

When a spunky little girl finds that her parents are too busy to play, she decides to visit her favorite place on her own.

The familiar path lightens her step and her heart. And along the way she discovers a wonderful surprise.

Taltal Levi’s spare text and delicate pastel-hued illustrations celebrate courage, discovery, and the power of family. Pre-order / Read reviews: Goodreads

WHAT I LIKED

This year has been [fill in your choice of superlative adjective here], and I think I speak for everyone when I say we’ve all made a thousand trips to our happy places for that momentary, sanity-saving escape from the chaos. This book is one of those happy places. It’s quiet and refreshing, like that shy splash of ocean wave rolling onto your bare feet.

The little girl in the story goes to her favorite place and reignites her courage by being alone in the wilderness, reawakens her curiosity by befriending the unfamiliar, and reminding herself that things (and people) that matter never fade—lessons that transcend age, time, and boundaries. The lean storytelling and soft, lovely art complement each other well, making it an even more endearing for any reader. I loved this.

tl;dr

Meet Me By the Sea by Taltal Levi, a story about a little girl escaping to her favorite place, captures some of the best things in life—courage, curiosity, and calmness. Highly recommended. ☁️

The reviewer received a copy from Net Galley. Excerpts and quotes may not reflect final version. Read our Review Policy here.

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