Over the Ocean: 07/03/17
Over the Ocean by Taro Gomi is a Japanese picture book about a girl wondering what lies across the sea. The book works with repetition and variation on themes.
On the cover there's the girl standing on a nondescript beach, facing the large expanse of turquoise water. Each turn of the page shows what she's imagining, displayed in place of the sky.
She imagines things like more sea, farms, a fair, and so forth. And as these sorts of stories usually go, it wanders into the existential. Is there another child looking back across the sea?
In 1979, if I'd read the book when it was brand new, I would have been six. As a child growing up in San Diego, I could have imagined myself as the child she sees.