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“Although it’s told wordlessly, the story speaks volumes of imagined differences and the negative impact of imposed divisions. With the right guidance from savvy educators or caregivers, this one will be a valuable springboard for real-world conversations. The artwork uses bold pops of color and geometric designs to tell an elegant, profound story. A monstrously important message.”
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The Line in the Sand

Written by Thao Lam
Illustrated by Thao Lam
Published by Owlkids Books

A monster meanders down a beach, dragging a stick behind them and leaving a line in the sand. Meanwhile, a group of friends is at play—flying kites, building sandcastles, tossing a ball—until two of them become curious about the line that now seemingly divides them.

What does the line mean? Tensions mount as the two ponder the situation. Should the line be crossed? Can it be crossed? Eyes narrow, feathers get ruffled, and a scuffle starts, stemming from a series of misunderstandings and aggravated by the innocent, and very untimely, arrival of a bee. It’s only when their stomping and kicking has completely erased the line in the sand that the friends realize their scrabble was senseless. They rejoin the others at play, where the line becomes part of their games, while in the background, the line’s creator continues to meander across the page, oblivious to the impact of their actions.

This powerful wordless story, told in panels and illustrated in striking collage art, is at once simple, relatable, and profound and will encourage readers to think about conflict, communication, and the meaning of the lines we all draw, whether intentional or not.

Primary ISBN: 9781771475709
Publication Date: September 2022
Available As: Hardcover
Picture Book , Age 04 or older

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