Sea Gifts: 10/13/11
Sea Gifts by George Shannon and illustrated by Mary Azarian is a single poem about a man who lives along the Alaskan coast and walks the beach for gifts he can use. During his morning stroll he finds some driftwood, takes it home and carves it into a little statue for his mantel.
Mary Azarian's detailed woodcut illustrations drew me into the book and kept me hooked. They balance Shannon's thoughtful poetry perfectly. The woodcuts are black and white, catching the starkness of the fog encroached rocky landscape.
The book was reissued in 2000. It's sadly not currently in print and copies can be pricey. If you're lucky enough to find a copy at your library or a used book store, take the time to read it. It's beautiful.