The Serpent Came to Gloucester
Drawing on a true story, an award-winning author and illustrator present a picture-book tribute to the beauty and mystery of the ocean, and to the mesmerizing creatures that may frolic there.
It came from the sea, from the lonely sea,
It came from the glittering sea.
In a small Massachusetts fishing village in August of 1817, dozens of citizens claimed to have seen an enormous sea serpent swimming off the coast. Terrified at first, the people of Gloucester eventually became quite accustomed to their new neighbor. Adventure seekers came from miles around to study the serpent and aggressively hunt it down, but the creature eluded capture. The Gloucester sea serpent was then, and remains now, a complete mystery.
Reviving the rhythms and tone of a traditional sea chanty, M.T. Anderson recounts this exhilarating sea adventure through the eyes of a little boy who secretly hopes for the serpent's survival. The author's captivating verse is paired with Bagram Ibatoulline's luminous paintings, created in the spirit of nineteenth-century New England maritime artists.
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Review: The Serpent Came to GloucesterUser Review - Benjamin Kinzer - Goodreads
A great tale based on true stories of a coast that once had sea serpents. I love the story-telling and the poetry that supports each page. You could read it all together or only the poetry. Great introduction to adult literature and poetry. The illustrations are gorgeous. Read full review
Review: The Serpent Came to GloucesterUser Review - Kathy Ellen Davis - Goodreads
Ok so maybe it doesn't always rhyme but it's written in verse and it's beautiful... This book reads like an old folk tale and is inspired by true events! I love that the narrator is a little boy! The illustrations are amazing too. I love the color and the depth. A very cool story! Read full review