"The collaboration between text and illustration is impressive; Văn’s lyrical and poetic writing gently propels the story forward, while Ngai’s honest and detailed pictures depict the heartbreaking reality of separation and extend the tale beyond its words."―The Horn Book, starred review
"This is absolutely stunning - it has everything I look for in a picture book. It has the feel of a future classic like Goodnight Moon. I could read it over and over."
―Goodreads, 5-star review
"One unique picture book with much to say equals quite a lot."
―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Explores the nearly universal experience of sibling conflict and humorously entertains children’s capacity to problem-solve with magical thinking."
—Greater Good Magazine, "Eight of Our Favorite Asian American Picture Books"
"Funny, adorable, and gross in just the right fashion for kids."
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"The idea that letting someone go can sometimes be the best way to love them isn’t an easy one to share with children (or parents, for that matter), but Van and Adinolfi do so with grace and aplomb."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"As minimal as the text might initially appear, Muon Van’s debut picture book is as deep as the Sea she references in her title . . . Van and Chu’s paper and ink manifestation of family and history is magnificent to behold. Read it, love it, share it."
—Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center
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