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Book Title: See the Ocean|
The author of the book: Estelle Condra
Edition: Inclusive Books
Date of issue: May 15th 1994
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 9.51 MB
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Reader ratings: 3.6
ISBN 13: 9780977814305
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I in all ways massively appreciate and have more than sweetly and emotionaly enjoyed See the Ocean; both Estelle Condra's presented narrative and Linda Crockett-Blassingame's accompanying illustrations are poignant, evocative and just plainand utterly lovely, always and forever complementing and mirroring each other (and especially the beach scenes and waterscapes show the magic of the ocean, the flowing, swirling, translucently mysterious sea). I have to admit that I am perhaps somewhat surprised at the fact that one does not get to actually and textually know about Nellie's blindness until almost the very end of See the Ocean. The author does leave many clues throughout the narrative that show/depict Nellie as being potentially visually challenged (she does not generally want to join in her brothers' games about who can first see the ocean, she does not fight for a window seat in the car, she is more attuned to the sound of the ocean, the texture of the sand, the caress of a salty sea breeze), but I wonder if a young child would easily catch all of these hints and clues (and as such See the Ocean is definitely a book that might need to be read more than just once).
While Nellie's family does not approach her as a "special" or "challenged" child (she is simply Gerald and Jamin's little sister, her parents' daughter), both the parents and the older brothers really do endeavour to stimulate Nellie's sense of touch, sound, hearing, even taste. I love how Jamin and Gerald put Nellie in the sand, how she is allowed to lie in the ocean water, to finger the grains of sand, how the boys bring buckets of seaweed, fish and shells for her to touch, how her father carries Nellie into the surf. Nellie's sense of touch, her sense of hearing, of taste are stimulated by both the ocean and her family, who bring the ocean, the seaside to her to explore, but who also allow Nellie to explore the beach on her own; she is not constantly being controlled and coddled by her family.
Although, I do find that the two brothers are likely a bit harsh to their sister when they state that Nellie is cheating when she claims to be the first to "see" the ocean (on their car voyage towards the ocean), insinuating that she cannot "see" the ocean because she is blind, I think they are basically just being typical older brothers who cannot handle being outdone by their little sister. And the parents do immediately intervene, explaining to Gerald and Jamin that although their sister's eyes are blind, she can see with her mind, she can see with her sense of touch, sound, smell and taste. Sibling rivalry is often a fact of life, and just because Nellie is unable to see, does not mean that there might not be sibling rivalry between her older brothers and herself. Jamin and Gerald should not have made these comments, but I believe the hurtful and chafing words are not really so much about Nellie's blindness in particular, they mainly represent the older brothers' frustration at being outperformed by their much younger sister.
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