The Serpent Came to Gloucester

The Serpent Came to Gloucester

Book - 2005
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Rhyming text tells of a sea serpent that played off the coast of Massachusetts the summer of 1817. Includes a page of facts upon which the story is based.
Publisher: Cambridge : Candlewick Press, 2005.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780763620387
Branch Call Number: JP Ander
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill.
Additional Contributors: Ibatoulline, Bagram


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Nov 22, 2016

This is such a cool book! Written in verse, it retells reports from a Massachusetts village in 1817 that a sea serpent had appeared in the waves off their coast. The paintings are spot-on for the time period, and the text just rolls out beautifully when you read it aloud. There is a possibly upsetting sequence where men come from outside the village to hunt and kill the serpent, but the serpent is too clever for that, and all ends well. Nice change of pace for monster-interested kids compared to the usual more cartoony books.

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