Waiting for High Tide has earned two STARRED reviews from Publisher's Weekly and Kirkus!
For one young boy, it’s a perfect summer day to spend at the beach with his family. He scours the high tide line for treasures, listens to the swizzling sound of barnacles, and practices walking the plank. But mostly he waits for high tide. Then he’ll be able to swim and dive off the log raft his family is building. While he waits, sea birds and other creatures mirror the family’s behaviors: building and hunting, wading and eating. At long last the tide arrives, and human and animal alike savor the water.
Another beautiful ode to life lived in harmony with nature, and by the labor of one’s own hands, from an artist of great warmth and clarity.
In contrast to the economy of some of her earlier creations, McClure (In) is lavish with words and images in a story that is a worthy heir to Robert McCloskey's work. The boy who narrates sits beside a tidal pool it's the Salish Sea, the afterword explains, off Olympia, Wash. He wants to swim, but it's low tide: "It seems like I spend every day all hot summer long waiting for the water to creep back over the mud." His family begins work on a raft of logs. On a beachcombing expedition, the boy turns up "a true score sunglasses with one lens gone and the other covered with barnacles. Now I have Barnacle Vision!" In McClure's meticulously executed cut-paper illustrations, barnacles carpet the rocks, and birds dive and swoop. As the raft progresses, the boy is allowed to handle a hatchet to notch the logs. After the raft is launched, the family swims back to land in their clothes in a moment of joyous anarchy. The sense of place is so rich that it seems possible to smell the air and hear the gulls. Ages 5 7.