by Carolyn Kane
People love to be near water – oceans, lakes, rivers, streams. What landlubber hasn’t dreamed of a seaside cottage or a house on a bluff with a view of Lake Michigan? Or, for those who cherish grander daydreams, a 400-year-old mansion like Manderley in Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca,complete with a path to the ocean and a resident ghost?
For children, water represents adventure, mystery and possible danger. Think of Ariel and Ursula the Sea Witch, Long John Silver’s band of cutthroat pirates, Tom Sawyer’s Mississippi River, Peter Pan’s island of Neverland. It’s no wonder that we celebrate water and that young children can find beautiful picture books to help them celebrate it.
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