Hope doesn’t only want to listen to her father’s stories about his voyages at sea, she wants to be part of those stories.
And so, unbeknownst to her parents, she stows away on her father's 19th-century merchant vessel. But look... The wind has picked up and the sky is darkening...
Could there be such a thing as an adventure that is too exciting?
Join high-spirited Hope on a trip of a lifetime in this exquisitely illustrated picture book that also captures the love between a father and child.
Hope, a white, brown-haired child in a pink dress, longs to go to sea: "I don't want to hear Papa's stories after he returns. I will stow away!" Ship carpenter Papa finds Hope's hiding place aboard the 19th-century vessel almost immediately and offers forgiveness, and Hope's life at sea begins. Father introduces the child to many seafaring chores (and allows a cozy cabin berth). In one spread, he holds a sextant up to the night sky and shows Hope how to navigate: "Papa has shown me that even the smallest twinkle of light can guide us." Journey's end is marred by disaster for the ship and crew, but redeemed with triumph and a coda that warms the heart. Miyares (Night Walk to the Sea) delivers an adventure with all the excitement an old-fashioned sea voyage can extend. Handsome line drawings show rigging and sails, period costumes for the largely white cast, great sweeps of seascape, and cinematic storm scenes. Most illustrations have only a sentence or two of text, including lively sea jargon ("Batten down the hatches!"), offering lots of action that can be followed visually. Ages 4 8. Author's agency: Studio Goodwin Sturges.