The Hugging Sea by Gemma Stuart and Amanda Stanford.
The Hugging Sea tells the story of a boy and his turtle, who share hugs at the edge of the sea – and return to find them many years later. This sweet story separates the text from the illustrations, which encourages your pre-school reader to focus on the text and to love the art in turn. Meant for beginning readers from infants onwards, the Waverley Series Storybooks for Children use whole word learning combined with professional, artistic illustrations, beautiful enough for parents and very small readers to enjoy together.
About the author:
Dr. Amanda Stanford earned her PhD in English Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh. She has taught writing and English classes for seven years in the US, Mexico, Japan, and Egypt. Having taught toddlers in Japan (as well as her own daughter) to read, she is an active baby/toddler education advocate.
About the illustrator:
Gemma Stuart grew up near the sea in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has a degree in Illustration from Edinburgh College of Art and currently enjoys illustrating her own short stories. She participates in several local events, where she sells her art directly to the art-loving public.