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The Big Big Sea [Hardcover]

Martin Waddell , Jennifer Eachus
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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1 Sep 1994
One evening a little girl and her mother go out across the fields and down to the shore. They paddle and splash in the water, they make footprints in the sand, they sit and stare at the lights in the bay. It is a night they will always remember, just the two of them together by the big big sea. Martin Waddell has also written "Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?" (winner of the 1988 Smarties Book Prize and the Kate Greenaway Medal), "Let's Go Home, Little Bear", "The Park in the Dark" (winner of the 1989 Emil/Kurt Maschler Award), "Rosie's Babies" (winner of the 1990 Best Books for Babies Award), "Farmer Duck" (winner of the 1991 Smarties Book Prize), "The Hidden House" (winner of the 1991 W.H. Smith Illustration Award) and the "Little Dracula" stories.


Product details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (1 Sep 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0744525217
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744525212
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 22.3 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 745,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Martin Waddell is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest living writers of books for children. He has won many awards for his work, including the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2004.

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Book Description

A beautiful reissue of a timeless classic. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Martin Waddell is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest living writers of books for children. His work includes the multi-million-selling Big and Little Bear series. He has won many awards, including the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2004. Martin lives in Northern Ireland. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly wonderful, beautifully illustrated book 28 July 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I originally ordered "The Big Big Sea" for my daughters but, having received it, read it in bed several nights on the trot! It is such an enchanting idea that your mother should whisk you out in the dead of night to paddle in the Big Big Sea and certainly one that most children can only dream of. The illustrations by Jennifer Eachus are in a class of their own and capture the magical quality of the story perfectly. This book had me yearning for my lost childhood, I wanted to be five again. Every now and then a special book comes along that you and your children must have....this one is definitely it!!!
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book to read and re-read 22 Dec 2003
Format:Paperback
Like the first reviewer, I bought this book for my daughter, but was so entranced by the simplicity of the story and the profundity of the message that I bought a second copy to keep for future years - maybe the grandchildren - when the first is too dog-eared to survive. It is a wonderfully evocative story of a moonlit adventure to the seaside, which the young girl narrating knows she will remember for the rest of her life. It is also a powerful message to both parents and children of the important things in life, and is so good to read at the end of a hard, stressed day to remind oneself of why we bother. The illustrations match the story seamlessly. They are beautifully worked, again simple, with enough detail to satisfy demanding young children but enough simplicity to allow more imaginative older readers to savour the visual as well as literary stimulation and fill in the gaps of their own stories from young childhood.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautifully illustrated poetry 11 July 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This is an amazing story of a trip to the sea which makes you want to drag your kids out of bed and across the country to any beach just to experience the magic of moonlight paddles for yourself. The illustrations of Newcastle are fantastic - you can even see the Slieve Donard hotel and the clock tower at the old railway station. The language of the book is rhythmic and fluid - you can hear the wind blowing gently across the sand dunes at Murlough Bay. Every time I read this story to my kids I want to cry because it so perfectly captures those special moments which should be part of every childhood.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars astounding 25 Jan 2007
Format:Hardcover
this has been one of my favourite books sinse i was fairly young, and i loved it becuase i lived near the sea for much of my life. now i am away from it i think i read it more than ever, it is so beautiful, and the pictures draw you in in such away that you cant help yourself running across the fields and the fences and away into the sea with the little girl and her mum.

it is truly an amazing book, and i would recomend it to anyone of any age, as you get so much from it each time you read it; the pictures alone are worthy of awe, and the story with them will put a lump in your throught and a tear in your eye. ive read it to children i have babysat and they love the pictures, and the idea of seeing the sea at night.

sorry that this is a bit of a babble, but truly, it is beautiful beyond words, and would be a treasure in anyones home.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
My two year old daughter and I have read this book together many times and it never fails to bring a lump to my throat. The illsutrations arebeautiful, the language is simple and stunning. It reminds us just how the relationship between two generations of women should be.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Judge a Book by its Cover? 14 July 2006
Format:Paperback
The cover of this book definitely makes a mockery of this old saying... My daughter, who is two, spotted it in a book shop and said 'Look Mummy, it's me!'... She insisted on holding it and without even reading it, I bought it... I too, as reviewers before me, had a lump in my throat reading it for the first time - and still get a goose pimples, even though its a firm favourite with Harrie and has been read hundreds of times. It really is pure poetry and I can't remember the last time a book affected my like this one. A must for all book shelves.. and yes, I too have another one to keep for later!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection 12 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback
When my beautiful daughter was about two years old, I was wandering around Waterstones looking for a suitable book as a present. I picked up The Big Big Sea and read through it. A lump in my throat the size of a cricket ball, and tears rolling down my cheeks. The chap at the checkout must have thought I was suffering from something. That evening I showed it to my wife, who had the same reaction.

It's simply the most perfect evocation imaginable of the relationship between a young girl and her mother. A must for every parent.

(*We* like it, but the daughter's never shown the slightest interest. Ho hum.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A simple and touching tale 16 Feb 2011
Format:Paperback
I bought this on the reviews mentioned here, and I wasn't let down. It's a simple tale, though extremely beautiful in its simplicity and reminds me of what it means to be a child from the child's point of view. It has a wonderful still quality that stays with me. I have only spotted this special quality in two other childrens books: The little beaver and the echo & The kissing hand. Highly recommended!
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Beautiful story, I love reading this book to my daughter. Very special.
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I first got a copy of this book from a charity shop to read to my 4 year old granddaughter over Skype. The pictures are beautiful and the story touches your heart. Read more
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This was a favourite book when my daughter was younger so tracked it down to give as a Christmas gift to the daughter of my friend. Read more
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Gorgeously illustrated, with some powerful writing that draws the reader in to the love of a mother and her daughter. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas present
This book was received in excellent order, well packaged and in good time to re-send to a child for Christmas.
Published 21 months ago by Mrs. C. Streek
5.0 out of 5 stars The big big sea
Fantastic book, brand new! Thanks for the great service! The pictures inside are absolutely beautiful, like in a dream... My class enjoyed it very much.
Published 23 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars The Big Big Sea - Good bedtime story
this book brings back so many memories of me walking 'Murlough Bay' before supper on a lovely summers evening when I was a child.
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