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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on 28 July 1999
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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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 22 December 2003
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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 11 July 2001
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 3 January 2001
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 14 July 2006
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 12 February 2009
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 16 February 2011
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 25 January 2007
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 2014
Bought this as a gift for a friend who just had a baby, because I used to read it to my two teenagers when they were tiny... We all loved it; such a beautiful little story and it always made me cry, so my kids used to call it 'Mummy's Crying Book'!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2011
A few months ago I randomly had a memory of a book my mum had bought me when I was about 7/8, about a girl, her mum and a beach, all I could remember was a picture of a footprint in the sand and the message my mum had written in the front about loving me and our journey or something or other (I wish I could remember what she wrote!!) anyway that was about 11 years ago and I was determined to find a copy of the book as 70% of my childhood stuff was thrown away when we went through some bad times. So I started googling 'footprints in the sand childrens book' and 'mum and daughter go to beach' and other half baked descriptions until randomly I saw a tiny reference to this and mum had an epiphany and remembered the name, I'm so glad I found it again! It made me feel like the connection we had once wasn't completely gone, and reminded me of other childhood memories I had forgotten. Sorry didn't think I'd be one of those people who published their life story on an amazon review.

Anyway to get to the ACTUAL BOOK it is lovely and heart warming and if any mums out there want to get their daughterr something special (if they actually like reading/their relationship with you) i really recommend this, the illustrations are great and basically a mum and daughter spontaneously decide to go to the beach one night and create a nice memory. Seriously write a message of love in the front of it and make sure your daughter never loses it, one day she will look at it again, maybe when you're not around, and it will remind her of you.
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