Reviewed: October 22, 2002
By: Story by Sandra Lightburn
Art by Ron Lightburn
Publisher: Doubleday Books
32 Pages, $19.99
and Matthew are city kids visiting their grandparents when they get caught by
the potential dangers of rising tide and fog while exploring a deserted shack
on a rocky island just down the beach a ways from where their tent-trailer is
might not have got caught out there if they hadn't become so fascinated with
the cache of delicately carved and fashioned knickknacks they found by accident
under the floorboards.
more to their surprise they are rescued from the fog by a goat and by the girl
who made the carvings.
lives with her parents, Mary and Rob in a quaint home fashioned of fallen trees
and driftwood. She has grown up here
home schooled by her parents who seem to be intelligent and rational people.
Their home is filled with books, while the live by fishing, gardening, foraging
in the forest and raising goats for milk.
the city kids, this extreme rural lifestyle is a real revelation, one they
share with their grandparents after the fog has lifted and the Salena's parents
have taken them back to the beach.
little book reads ore like a regular
short story than anything else. There
are no obvious concessions to the younger audience save in the ages of the
artwork in this book is almost hyper-realistic, especially considering that all
the drawings were executed and rendered in coloured pencil. The grandparents
appear to be artfully aged versions of this husband and wife team, which made
me wonder if there models for the other characters.
Driftwood Cove has a pastoral, almost
fairy-tale, sort of feel to it for all its realism. It's a most enjoyable tale.