Sea of Constellations

Penguin ­Workshop. May 2024. 48p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780593523605.
K-Gr 3–Maren the whale shark and her best friend, Remy the remora, love spending time side-by-side in their vast and beautiful ocean home. But when the ocean grows dark, Maren and Remy wonder what could be happening. Remy suggests visiting Huixtocihuatl, the Aztec goddess of salt and salt water, to find out why. As Maren and Remy set off, the only light they have comes from Maren’s illuminating scales. Maren gives one of her shiny scales to Remy, and along the way, more and more ocean creatures request scales to light their way. As the journey progresses, it grows darker because Maren has given away all her glow. However, the creatures she helped along the way return in gratitude for her kindness, guiding them to their destination where something special awaits. Breathtaking illustrations limn the beauty of the ocean teeming with unique life, expressing lively emotions on the faces of the characters. The soothing text expresses the vibrance of this underwater world, while also conveying Maren’s selflessness. Additional information on Huixtocihuatl, Huitzilopochtli, and several of the underwater creatures featured is included.
VERDICT Touching upon the importance of sharing and kindness, this lovely picture book also introduces a beautiful ocean world and Aztec mythology to young readers.

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