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The Sea Is All Around

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  39 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Set about 1940 on the windblown island of Pokenick, just off the coast of New Bedford, MA. Mab is spirited orphan who had been living with her Aunt Sarah in Iowa. Now she travels to Massachusetts to live with her Aunt Belinda Prior, where she will explore family history and make lasting friends in a close knit and quirky community.
Hardcover, 124 pages
Published 1940 by Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc.
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Nov 01, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: second-childhood
For Elizabeth Enright, winning the Newbery Award for her previous book, Thimble Summer, doesn't seem to have helped the sales of this subsequent one much, judging by its scarcity. It wasn't in my local library when I grew up, and I only read it as an adult after taking some trouble to seek it out.

Enright's wonderful ability to create atmosphere is put to good use in the windswept maritime setting of The Sea is All Around. But I can see why it was less popular. It has a slightly different feel f
Feb 24, 2014 Melody rated it it was amazing
I sort of knew this existed, but I thought it was more of a picture book. No, this is a full-on Enright classic. It's quieter than the Melendy books, not as hilarious as the Gone-Away books, but oh, how I loved it. Mab is a delight. The book, in which nothing at all bad happens, is a pure and wonderful story. I loved it. The illustrations are classic Enright. The plot isn't exactly thin, but it's not what one could call robust. It's gentle, it's warm, and it's highly recommended. I'm going to ha ...more
Jan 09, 2016 Telyn rated it liked it
A gentle, quiet book that captures a detailed and loving portrait of Nantucket in the early 20th century. This early book by Enright (her third) isn't as lively or engaging as some of her later books, but it's a pleasant, meditative read and illustrated throughout with the author's pen and ink illustrations. There are elements here that she would develop later into the Melendy books, but the writing and story is more austere until the last third of the book, when the self sufficient and introsp ...more
Anne Thomsen Lord
I read Thimble Summer last summer, and The Sea Is All Around was a great winter counterpart. Mab is a wonderful heroine, and I loved following her on her adventures. Growing up, I always wished I lived near some water: a river, lake, ocean, something. It seems like water is often the catalyst to some amazing fun, and the setting of Pokenick Island was fantastic. Mab's friends, the Crokers: Candace, Channing, Casper, and Charles were particularly enjoyable. The descriptions of the Croker house re ...more
Nov 07, 2014 Alyson rated it really liked it
Another period gem from a worthwhile author. See for details!)
May 01, 2011 Jane rated it really liked it
This was a story about a child a lot more isolated than the Melendys and the feel of the book is a little different but still beautifully written. The atmosphere of the island comes over very well and I liked the quirky characters.
Sep 07, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this, but it isn't nearly as good as the Melendy series or Gone-Away. Glad we read it (aloud to the 8yo), though.
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Elizabeth Enright (1907-1968) was born in Oak Park, Illinois, but spent most of her life in or near New York City. Her mother was a magazine illustrator, while her father was a political cartoonist. Illustration was Enright's original career choice and she studied art in Greenwich, Connecticut; Paris, France; and New York City. After creating her first book in 1935, she developed a taste, and quic ...more
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