The Uncorker Of Ocean Bottles (Michelle Cuevas)

Hello, friends! Today, we read The Uncorker Of Ocean Bottles, written by Michelle Cuevas and illustrated by Erin E. Stead, a lovely tale about the power of messages to bring people together.

The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles lives in a small house by the sea, picking up the messages in bottles that the ocean brings him and delivering them to their rightful recipients. He sees the letters bring hope, sadness, tears and love, and he hopes someday to receive a message addressed to him. Unfortunately, he has no friends and no name, so he doesn’t imagine one will ever come. One day, he finds a message with no recipient, an invitation to a party on the beach. He searches for the letter’s origin with no luck, and so decides to go to the party to apologize to the sender for failing his mission, but what he finds on the beach fills his heart with joy.

This was a beautiful book, from the muted, gentle colors of the illustrations to the sweeping and simple yet enchanting text. The length might be pushing it for some baby bookworm, but JJ liked it, so no complaints. And the lesson of the importance of letters and togetherness warms the heart. We liked this one a lot. Baby Bookworm approved!

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