We gave this book to our granddaughter for her third birthday and she is enthralled. Reportedly, her parents have read it to her 30 times since May 19th! Filled with vibrant colors and rollicking adventure, this book captures the beauty of the Maine coast. That is not a surprise. Chris Van Dusen lives in a small town along the Maine coast. I enjoyed studying his detailed depictions of clapboard houses nestled among pines near the sea. Van Dusen certainly was inspired by the book Burt Dow Deep Water Man, written by Robert McCloskey The last page of both books shows whales waving their flukes in farewell. It is a delightful book for adult and child alike.