Our family goes to the same little beach each summer. In fact, I’ve been coming here with my family since I was a baby, my husband and I were married here, and our dog is named after it! Needless to say, it’s an important place in my heart and a part of who I am. When I first saw The Little Blue Cottage by Kelly Jordan, illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle, I knew we were going to need to give this book a permanent spot in our home library…
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And it didn’t disappoint! We’ve read The Little Blue Cottage over and over and over again since receiving it a few weeks ago; my girls just can’t get enough! And, since the love of this little blue cottage by the beach rings true to my heart, I don’t mind reading this one on repeat!
The Little Blue Cottage is a beautifully illustrated story of a girl who spends her summer, every summer, in the same little blue cottage by the sea. Through the first half of the story, we watch the little girl grow up over her summers at the cottage, and we experience the love and happiness in her family while we watch them over time.
Though the girl is the main character, the cottage is a valuable secondary character, experiencing feelings of loss and loneliness when all of the sudden, the girl doesn’t show up for the summer any more. The cottage falls into disarray and readers wonder what has happened to the little girl and her family. Never to fear, though, everything wraps up nicely in the end! The main characters in the book comprise 2 multiracial families (the main character’s childhood family and intergenerational married family).
If you liked The Little Blue Cottage, you might want to check out the rest of the books on our list of favorite beach and ocean books. You might also like:
- The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
- Wherever You Go by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler
- Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
- Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran, illustrated by Barbara Cooney
- Fireflies by Julie Brinckloe
Now tell me — do you have a favorite place that holds an important space in your heart or is cherished by your family? Where is it?