In 1983, beloved Caldecott-winning illustrator, Chris Van Allsburg, first invited readers to peer over the edge of a cliff to consider the wreck of a small sailboat. Had a churning sea carried the Zephyr up in a storm? Could waves ever have been so impossibly high? And what of the boy who had believed—dared to chase the wind—no matter where it lead?
The winds have shifted once again and you’re invited back to the wreck of the Zephyr, to hear the story of the boy and his obsession to become the world’s greatest sailor, and a storm that carried them to a place where boats sail on the wind, instead of on the water.
Told in spare text and haunting, full-color pastels, Chris Van Allsburg’s spectral sailboats once again take impossbile flight. In illustrations so vivid one can feel the whisper of wind and hear the flutter of canvas, depart this world for another to entertain the marvelous possibility of dreams.
This 30th anniversary gift edition includes a bonus digital audio file to download, read by Chris Van Allsburg, and a stunning new jacket!
About the Author
Two-time Caldecott Medal-winning artist Chris Van Allsburg (Jumanji and The Polar Express) has written and illustrated many thought-provoking picture books, and was awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children’s literature. He lives in Massachusetts on the North Shore. Visit his website at www.chrisvanallsburg.com.
Hometown:Providence, Rhode Island
Date of Birth:June 18, 1949
Place of Birth:Grand Rapids, Michigan
Education:University of Michigan College of Architecture & Design, 1972; Rhode Island School of Design, MFA, 1975
What People are Saying About This
"The full-color pastel drawings are the work of a master: stunning, luminescent, and conveying a sense of the mystical and magical." Publishers Weekly