Old Man of the Sea

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 2   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

A trip around the world for a young boy and his boat-loving grandpa where the true joy of discovery lies not in the countries they visit but in the blossoming relationship between them.

Every Sunday, Grandpa waited for me in his room, and I took my place at the foot of the bed. There were days when Grandpa wanted to talk, and days when we sat in silence. Then one day, Grandpa began telling me stories about his life at sea—tales of love and adventure and danger on the ocean waves. And that’s when I learned who my grandpa really was…

“A masterpiece”—Kirkus Reviews, STARRED

“A beautiful and poetic book, full of the wonder of our world. The maps and their landmarks captivated my young son”—Get Kids Into Books

“A celebration of the imaginative bond that can be made between generations. I strongly advise you to go and get yourself a copy”—The Letterpress Project

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Fiction, Picture Books
Category SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2019
Publisher Lantana Publishing
Imprint Lantana Publishing
Language English
Number of Pages 40
Publication Date 2019-09-03
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV013030, JUV039030, JUV001000
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.75 x 9.75
Lexile 660
ATOS Reading Level 4.2
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 503377
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards and Original artwork


  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2020


School Library Journal

“A tender, accessible tale with detailed, bright artwork that could also function as a gentle approach to the topic of loss.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“[T]his gorgeous story will have [readers] returning to the beginning of the book once again to embark on the journey. . . . A masterpiece.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews

Author: Stella Elia

Stella Elia is a Brazilian children's book writer. An art teacher with a masters in Art History, she is also a founding member of Casa BabaYaga, a literary collective in Brazil.

Illustrator: Weberson Santiago

Weberson Santiago is an award-winning Brazilian illustrator whose work has been published in several countries. Among his accolades is the 2009 Troféu HQ Mix award for Best Illustrator in Brazil.