Out to Sea follows the journey of a young girl named Lara who is so sad after the death of her grandmother that she is carried out to sea on a flood of her own tears. When it seems like sadness has overwhelmed her entirely, she discovers a pearl at the bottom of the ocean that triggers memories of the many happy times Lara shared with her grandmother. With the pearl safely at her side, Lara realises that she is not alone and finds the strength to pick up her oars and row herself back home.
Illustrated in Helen Kellock’s inimitable style of pencil, gouache and watercolour artworks, Out to Sea expresses the experience of anxiety and grief with unprecedented sensitivity. Unlike other books for children about loss or grief that usher their readers towards a conclusion, Out to Sea shows readers how they might ride the wave of emotions without losing perspective.
'I adore Helen Kellock's books, especially OUT TO SEA, which is one of the most gorgeous picture books I have ever seen. Dreamy'
'Offers a sustained marine metaphor for coming to terms with grief, its moody watercolour art buoying the reader along to an uplifting ending'
James Lovegrove, Financial Times
'A moving and uplifting reflection on love and loss for young children'
Scottish Book Trust
'The illustrations of the tiny girl alone on the stormy, dark ocean vividly communicate how isolating grief and depression are, but the addition of the hidden animals remind us we are never alone, even in our darkest hours'