Book Review: Hope at Sea: An Adventure Story, Daniel Miyares

Hope at Sea: An Adventure Story
Author/Illustrator: Daniel Miyares
Publisher: Anne Schwartz Books
Ages: 4-8
Genre: Picture book, fiction

Tired of only hearing and never experiencing the nautical travels of her father, a ship’s carpenter, young Hope decides to go on her own adventure. She spots her chance and stows away in Papa’s latest build: a clipper ship. But Hope’s excitement quickly turns to anxiety as she first wonders whether she’ll be discovered and later as a devastating storm sets in.

Hope at Sea highlights the difficult and complex work of a 19th-century sailor—including navigating by the guiding light of the stars. The first-person narrative shares this adventure through Hope’s wonder-filled young eyes.

Extravagantly detailed maritime illustrations in pen, ink, and watercolor fill the pages of this lively story. The muted, dark colors juxtaposed against golden yellows and blues highlight how hopeful and relieving light can be in the middle of a storm.

This story begins poetically with the elegant statement “Whenever my world feels small, I turn to the sea.” Hope at Sea powerfully outlines the importance of hope—a guiding light—in the midst of the tumult. This strong symbolism is a clear and encouraging message that will prompt many re-reads.

This incredible picture book releases on October 26th and will make a fantastic addition to any home or classroom library, especially for young readers who enjoy history and adventure! Check back here tomorrow for an interview with the critically acclaimed author/illustrator of Hope at Sea, Daniel Miyares.

Thank you to the author for providing me with an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


    • Oh what a joy to hear that your little is still loving the All Aboard! The Airport Train book!! It seems so fun when it folds out to be HUGE. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

      I hope you snag a copy of Hope at Sea when it comes out, too. So gorgeous and also a brilliant mentor text of a clear message without being overly didactic.


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