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A young girl gazes out to where the water meets the sky and wonders what lies beyond the waves. Boats filled with toys? Skyscrapers filled with people? Houses filled with families? Or, maybe, over the ocean stands someone not so different from the girl herself, returning her gaze.


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A young girl gazes out to where the water meets the sky and wonders what lies beyond the waves. Boats filled with toys? Skyscrapers filled with people? Houses filled with families? Or, maybe, over the ocean stands someone not so different from the girl herself, returning her gaze.

30 review for Over the Ocean

  1. 5 out of 5

    Idarah

    A cute Japanese story about a young girl contemplating what lies on the other side of her ocean. Originally written in Japan in 1979, but recently translated into English. Would love to read more of Gomi's books. A cute Japanese story about a young girl contemplating what lies on the other side of her ocean. Originally written in Japan in 1979, but recently translated into English. Would love to read more of Gomi's books.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa Heun

    I located this book using the Database of Award-Winning Children’s Literature (DAWCL.com). It was a Batchelder Award Nominee (2017) and was translated from Japanese to English. In this picture book, the story is told from a young child wondering what is over the large ocean in a poetic style. The story is laid out by each page having two questions the child is wondering about with the ocean, which she is hoping one day she could go and see for herself by saying, “I wish I could go and see”. The I located this book using the Database of Award-Winning Children’s Literature (DAWCL.com). It was a Batchelder Award Nominee (2017) and was translated from Japanese to English. In this picture book, the story is told from a young child wondering what is over the large ocean in a poetic style. The story is laid out by each page having two questions the child is wondering about with the ocean, which she is hoping one day she could go and see for herself by saying, “I wish I could go and see”. The illustrations are a double-page spread with vivid and beautiful illustrations that would be very intriguing to young readers. This book could be used for teaching young children strong illustrations and would spark great discussion about a child’s imagination. I read the book in a digital format to be read on an iPad or a Kindle and I also read it in traditional format. The traditional format had stronger illustrations that were displayed across the whole page where the digital format had illustrations that were a lot smaller.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Phil Jensen

    A little girl looks at the ocean and wonders about the other side. Then nothing happens. Pat the Bunny has more of a story than this. A little girl looks at the ocean and wonders about the other side. Then nothing happens. Pat the Bunny has more of a story than this.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

    I think as a children's book goes, there are more with better illustrations. The book is ok, but it isn't very much to it. She sees the ocean, wonders what is on the other side.. and that is it.. Not much Reading... I think as a children's book goes, there are more with better illustrations. The book is ok, but it isn't very much to it. She sees the ocean, wonders what is on the other side.. and that is it.. Not much Reading...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This story, though simple, could be used in elementary classrooms to open up conversations for students to have about the world that they live in. The story poses the question, ”what is over the ocean?”, and on each page explores various possibilities of what could be over the ocean in question form. It starts with ideas mostly involving settings such as farms and cities, but as the story continues it explores more possibilities of how people may live “over the ocean.” In addition to the simple This story, though simple, could be used in elementary classrooms to open up conversations for students to have about the world that they live in. The story poses the question, ”what is over the ocean?”, and on each page explores various possibilities of what could be over the ocean in question form. It starts with ideas mostly involving settings such as farms and cities, but as the story continues it explores more possibilities of how people may live “over the ocean.” In addition to the simple text and questions posed, the illustrations open up a world of possibilities for kids by showing illustrations of people and what they might be doing “over the ocean.” I like this idea because for kids, it is often hard for them to imagine a world beyond their own. When they look at a globe or map, even though they may be told that people live in all different places, it is often very hard for them to picture people doing similar or even different activities from them, or to think that there are houses other than the ones that they live in. There are people who may look different or partake in different activities, but yet they are still people, not so different from them who are living their lives across the ocean, and that the people over there may be posing the same question themselves. I think the ideal age for this story would be older elementary grades, as it would help them expand their world views and use critical thinking to analyze how people in different parts of the world may live, but they can also see all the similarities that there may be no matter where you live or who you are. It could also be used with young elementary students to introduce them to the idea of the world and people who live in various parts of the world, but a lot of young students probably would not be able to analyze the same way older elementary students would. Therefore, I think teachers could use for various ages but the way you use it would vary from grade to grade. All in all, I thought this was an excellent book for expanding world views and to facilitate open ended discussions in which there is no “right answer” but can allow for students to communicate and think about the world in a unique way.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Joshua

    The book “Over the Ocean,” was written and illustrated by Taro Gomi. This story was originally published in Japan. If you’ve stood on a beach once in your life, then like most people, you have wondered what lies on the other side of the ocean. This story is about just that, a little girl standing on a beach looking over the ocean. She wonders what there could be in the ginormous ocean in front of her. Could there even be someone not so different from herself looking back at her? After reading th The book “Over the Ocean,” was written and illustrated by Taro Gomi. This story was originally published in Japan. If you’ve stood on a beach once in your life, then like most people, you have wondered what lies on the other side of the ocean. This story is about just that, a little girl standing on a beach looking over the ocean. She wonders what there could be in the ginormous ocean in front of her. Could there even be someone not so different from herself looking back at her? After reading this story, I can relate this to Text-to-Self. Oddly enough, I’ve never been a beach person since the sun and I have never gotten along, but as for the ocean, I can’t get enough of it. I love finding some shade, lying in a hammock, and just staring off into the distance; I basically become entranced by it, as I listen to the waves and forget about everything that’s on my mind. As I let my mind drift, I start to think like the little girl in the story. I wonder how far away I am from other countries? I’ll think about what’s happening on the beaches over there. Could there be someone else on that beach doing the same thing that I’m doing right now, and thinking up the same meaningless questions?

  7. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    It's not a unique thing to love Taro Gomi but his books have been the number one literary gift of having a baby and spending so much time at the children's library. This book is wonderful, short enough for one year olds but also contemplative and interesting enough for adults who have to read it over and over again. I think it's a perfect book for a school library as well. Absolutely cannot get enough of this author! It's not a unique thing to love Taro Gomi but his books have been the number one literary gift of having a baby and spending so much time at the children's library. This book is wonderful, short enough for one year olds but also contemplative and interesting enough for adults who have to read it over and over again. I think it's a perfect book for a school library as well. Absolutely cannot get enough of this author!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Lovely book! This is one of my favorites (so far) by Taro Gomi. The concept is nicely dually dreamlike and practical, and a lot of the color schemes are pretty & inventive (especially the ice country!).

  9. 4 out of 5

    Evan Childress

    Haven't we all wondered what lies on the other side of the ocean? If we could stretch ourselves exactly across and see exactly what and who is directly across from us? This book scratches that imaginary itch and has beautiful artwork to match. Haven't we all wondered what lies on the other side of the ocean? If we could stretch ourselves exactly across and see exactly what and who is directly across from us? This book scratches that imaginary itch and has beautiful artwork to match.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Donna Mork

    A child stands looking out at the ocean and wonders what is on the other side. Cities? Towns? Strange animals? Maybe another child standing looking this way and wondering what's on this side? A child stands looking out at the ocean and wonders what is on the other side. Cities? Towns? Strange animals? Maybe another child standing looking this way and wondering what's on this side?

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    "Is someone standing looking over the ocean...just like I am doing now?" Over the ocean is a picture book about a young girl wondering what is on the other side of the ocean. Throughout the book, the young girl faces the ocean and looks out over it with her back to the reader. On each page she wonders about a different possibility of what is over the ocean. She imagines there might be animals she has not seen before, cities full of tall buildings, or houses full of kids. Over the ocean is a 2017 "Is someone standing looking over the ocean...just like I am doing now?" Over the ocean is a picture book about a young girl wondering what is on the other side of the ocean. Throughout the book, the young girl faces the ocean and looks out over it with her back to the reader. On each page she wonders about a different possibility of what is over the ocean. She imagines there might be animals she has not seen before, cities full of tall buildings, or houses full of kids. Over the ocean is a 2017 Batchelder Honor Book. It was originally published in Japan in 1979, but translated to English in 2016. The author, Taro Gomi is a Japanese children’s book writer and illustrator. Taro Gomi uses simplistic illustrations with bold colors to illustrate the girl’s imagination. On each page the reader sees the girl facing the ocean and then beyond the ocean, her imagination. In the book many of the children’s faces look similar, presumably because it is illustrating her imagination and the faces that she would be familiar with. The content of the book is easily relatable to children everywhere. All children are naturally curious and wonder about things they don’t know. The concepts and vocabulary used the book are simple and most children would be familiar with them. This book would be most appropriate for use in grades PreK-2. The book could be used to promote student questioning on a topic. For an older grade it could be used as a mentor text and students could write a book in a similar format, but wondering about different topic.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    March 2017 - perfect for kids who ask lots of questions and wonder about places they can't see. March 2017 - perfect for kids who ask lots of questions and wonder about places they can't see.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Meredith B

    I discovered this book on the Batchelder Award Honor list from 2017. This book was originally written in Japanese by author, Taro Gomi, and was translated by Taylor Norman. I read it on the Libby app, which provided a pleasant reading experience, even on my phone. The cover of this book initially caught my eye, with the stark contrast in colors and the horizontal lines. The bright red overalls of the child popped against the blue water and I wondered,"What is the child looking for?". This image I discovered this book on the Batchelder Award Honor list from 2017. This book was originally written in Japanese by author, Taro Gomi, and was translated by Taylor Norman. I read it on the Libby app, which provided a pleasant reading experience, even on my phone. The cover of this book initially caught my eye, with the stark contrast in colors and the horizontal lines. The bright red overalls of the child popped against the blue water and I wondered,"What is the child looking for?". This image of the child gazing out "over the ocean" remains on every page, but what lies beyond the horizon changes. Due to this sense of predictability, I was excited to see what picture would come next. It was refreshing to see a main character whose gender was not integral to the story, or even mentioned. This allows children of all genders to feel a connection to the character. The writing in this story depicts the thoughts and questions of the child as he/she inquires about what might lie beyond what the eye can see. It invokes a feeling of hope and innocence, as the child's imagination comes to life in the illustrations. It also made me wonder about where the child lives, and if he/she is content with his/her own life. I would enjoy reading this book to early elementary aged children, as they portray the same sense of innocence and wonder as the character. This book could be connected to a drawing/writing activity, giving children a blank ocean horizon and asking "What is over the ocean?". It could also be used in a discussion about students' dreams and wishes.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Cinfel

    Text-to-Text - How can we connect this to our social studies and geography textbooks? The author includes things such as landforms and beaches, along with animals. The animals that the author knows in the illustration, do they help us to know where the main character might live? Text-to-Self - Who has traveled over the ocean, maybe in a boat or on a plane? - When the authors talks of friends over the ocean, and the potential for bullies, have you ever been nervous meeting new people because you did Text-to-Text - How can we connect this to our social studies and geography textbooks? The author includes things such as landforms and beaches, along with animals. The animals that the author knows in the illustration, do they help us to know where the main character might live? Text-to-Self - Who has traveled over the ocean, maybe in a boat or on a plane? - When the authors talks of friends over the ocean, and the potential for bullies, have you ever been nervous meeting new people because you didn't know if they would be more of a friend than a bully? How do you think that might make the character feel, not knowing? Text-to-World - How would the farms over the ocean, and the ships in the ocean affect our every day life? For what do we need those ships and farm?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Earl

    Apparently this was a decades old reprint. A girl wonders what’s on the other side of the ocean in this quietly beautiful contemplative book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Sammis

    Relatable for anyone who has lived near the sea. http://pussreboots.com/blog/2017/comm... Relatable for anyone who has lived near the sea. http://pussreboots.com/blog/2017/comm...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Emily Scheinman

    Beautifully depicts imagination of what is beyond the shore.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    This simple book features a girl staring at the ocean and imagining all the possibilities that could be over the ocean. She imagines tall buildings, pretty houses, new animals, many friends, twinkling stars, and much, much more. This book has wonky pictures that show the untamed imagination of the little girl. These pictures bring to life the possibilities that are over the ocean. The simplistic words allow readers of all ages to understand the little girl's imagination, and even invites the rea This simple book features a girl staring at the ocean and imagining all the possibilities that could be over the ocean. She imagines tall buildings, pretty houses, new animals, many friends, twinkling stars, and much, much more. This book has wonky pictures that show the untamed imagination of the little girl. These pictures bring to life the possibilities that are over the ocean. The simplistic words allow readers of all ages to understand the little girl's imagination, and even invites the reader to use their imagination while reading. Similarly to the story Jerome By Heart, I was expecting a picture book that had a character, setting, problem, and resolution. However, this book just witnessed a little girl's imagination run wild. There is a clear difference in structure from books originally published in the United States. Yet, I see this book as extremely important for children in the United States because it can help foster imagination, which I have seen a great decline in imagination in children. I'm not sure if it's due to the test, test, test attitude of American schools, the heightened use of technology, or something else, but it's there. I think all children should be invited to use their imagination and even develop their imagination because that's how children learn best.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Chelsie L

    Another Mildred L. Batchelder Award-Winning book for 2017, Over the Ocean is a book that was initially published in Japan in 1979, and was recently translated and published in the United States. The story is sweet and simple: a young girl is staring across the ocean and wondering what is on the other side. “Is there a beach over the ocean, like mine?” she asks, among other ponderings. The story demonstrates the curiosity of childhood, the vastness of the world, and the desire to explore and lear Another Mildred L. Batchelder Award-Winning book for 2017, Over the Ocean is a book that was initially published in Japan in 1979, and was recently translated and published in the United States. The story is sweet and simple: a young girl is staring across the ocean and wondering what is on the other side. “Is there a beach over the ocean, like mine?” she asks, among other ponderings. The story demonstrates the curiosity of childhood, the vastness of the world, and the desire to explore and learn. Nothing could capture a child’s imagination more than thinking about what is out there beyond what can be seen, and this sweet little book captures that beautifully. This book can be read with young or older readers to discuss the importance of questioning the world around you, and to contemplate the innate human desires expressed by the little girl. The one concern I had was the illustrations. The girl and her beach do not change from page to page, which makes the book less exciting to look at and to imagine. Having some variation would greatly enhance the passing of time as the girl, deep in thought, looks out into the world of her imagining.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sunah Chung

    The book, Over the Ocean, is an international picture book. It is originally written in Japanese in 1979, and recently translated into English. The book has simple texts and illustrations. A child is on the beach, looking at the ocean and asking a simple question, “what it would be over the ocean?” This book contains universal issues and inquiries any children might have in childhood. It is not a question and an answer book, but tells readers there are something over the ocean we can explore to The book, Over the Ocean, is an international picture book. It is originally written in Japanese in 1979, and recently translated into English. The book has simple texts and illustrations. A child is on the beach, looking at the ocean and asking a simple question, “what it would be over the ocean?” This book contains universal issues and inquiries any children might have in childhood. It is not a question and an answer book, but tells readers there are something over the ocean we can explore to fulfill our inquiries. I like the sincere comments about friends. Instead of saying “over the ocean we are all friends” as many children’s book persuade children in a good way, the author says “I bet there are probably some bullies” as a matter of fact. The story also tells us there must be someone over the ocean who have the same or similar questions about the world I have. The story and illustrations are not outstanding and impressive, but it would be good to use this book to ask questions about the world over the ocean.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    The book, "Over the Ocean" by Taro Gomi offers children a look at the world beyond their own. It raises questions such as what other places have or don't have and what they look like. It also explores the concept of what sort of people live beyond their world. The child is never shown from the front and so children can assume the gender of the child and what they look like, making the character more relate-able to everyone. The wonder and questioning is also something that children would find fa The book, "Over the Ocean" by Taro Gomi offers children a look at the world beyond their own. It raises questions such as what other places have or don't have and what they look like. It also explores the concept of what sort of people live beyond their world. The child is never shown from the front and so children can assume the gender of the child and what they look like, making the character more relate-able to everyone. The wonder and questioning is also something that children would find familiar since they are often wondering about their own world and what is taking place around them. The illustrations are simple yet convey the character's wonder. The sea fills with ships, or the land beyond the ocean teems with skyscrapers to further enhance what the child is thinking. These images help to enhance a child's own imagination and allows them to fill the blank spaces with their own questions about other places far from their home.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    Gomi, Taro. Over the Ocean, PICTURE BOOK. Chronicle Books, 2016. $16.99. A small child imagines what it is like over the ocean, far away. She imagines that there is more ocean, buildings, fairs, other children, and more. At the end of the musings, the child wonders if there is another child, far away on the other side of the ocean wondering about the same things. This an English translation of a Japanese story. I think that perhaps some of the poetry of the story was lost when it was translated, Gomi, Taro. Over the Ocean, PICTURE BOOK. Chronicle Books, 2016. $16.99. A small child imagines what it is like over the ocean, far away. She imagines that there is more ocean, buildings, fairs, other children, and more. At the end of the musings, the child wonders if there is another child, far away on the other side of the ocean wondering about the same things. This an English translation of a Japanese story. I think that perhaps some of the poetry of the story was lost when it was translated, because the flow and continuity of the story seems to be a bit off, which makes the book less than spectacular. PRE-K, K-3- OPTIONAL. Reviewed by Shay, School Librarian http://kissthebook.blogspot.com/2016/...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Becky B

    A child stands at the ocean shore and wonders what kinds of people and places are on the other side of the ocean. Wanderlust isn't often captured in a picture book. It's usually reserved for older readers to wish for grand travels. But kids who are just becoming aware that the world is much bigger than the area around their home can definitely get it too. This is an ode to wanderlust beginnings, to the opening of eyes that the world is a big and varied place just waiting for you to get to know it A child stands at the ocean shore and wonders what kinds of people and places are on the other side of the ocean. Wanderlust isn't often captured in a picture book. It's usually reserved for older readers to wish for grand travels. But kids who are just becoming aware that the world is much bigger than the area around their home can definitely get it too. This is an ode to wanderlust beginnings, to the opening of eyes that the world is a big and varied place just waiting for you to get to know it better. A great book to use when talking about geography and culture with younger kids as it provides a stepping stool for talking about similarities and differences between their own community and others out there across the street, the pond, the ocean or the continent.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dominika R

    This Japanese writer tells a story about a little girl looking over the ocean wondering what could be on the other side. It is a heartfelt story that really puts us readers in the shoes of someone who may have never been across the ocean, outside of their home country. This is a fantastic international story that many children around a variety of other parts of the world have never experienced before, allowing the words and images of "Over the Ocean" to help them imagine it. The way the author c This Japanese writer tells a story about a little girl looking over the ocean wondering what could be on the other side. It is a heartfelt story that really puts us readers in the shoes of someone who may have never been across the ocean, outside of their home country. This is a fantastic international story that many children around a variety of other parts of the world have never experienced before, allowing the words and images of "Over the Ocean" to help them imagine it. The way the author chose to write this story in the form of questions really allows the reader to think about their own answers to them. The pictures show an endless ocean that we can only wonder what the little girl is imagining. Great read!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sally

    This is a 2017 Batchelder Award honoree. It is a simple book about a child who stands on the ocean shore and wonders what’s beyond the ocean. The illustrations are vibrant and showcase Japanese children. Young children would see children around the world kinds of curiosities and that other countries might look a little different, but they consists of the same kinds of things (buildings, people, houses, farms, animals, carnival rides). The book could also be used as a starting point for having st This is a 2017 Batchelder Award honoree. It is a simple book about a child who stands on the ocean shore and wonders what’s beyond the ocean. The illustrations are vibrant and showcase Japanese children. Young children would see children around the world kinds of curiosities and that other countries might look a little different, but they consists of the same kinds of things (buildings, people, houses, farms, animals, carnival rides). The book could also be used as a starting point for having students share their own questions or where’d they’d like to go to explore.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Laura Dudzinski

    As part of a class assignment, I had to read an award-winning book. I chose to read a Batchelder Award winner. I enjoyed reading Over the Ocean is written and illustrated by Taro Gomi. It is a picture book that has been translated from Japanese to English. Over the Ocean is about a young girl gazes out to where the water meets the sky and wonders what lies beyond the waves. It makes you think about the many possibilities of what others are doing and thinking on the other end. I really enjoyed th As part of a class assignment, I had to read an award-winning book. I chose to read a Batchelder Award winner. I enjoyed reading Over the Ocean is written and illustrated by Taro Gomi. It is a picture book that has been translated from Japanese to English. Over the Ocean is about a young girl gazes out to where the water meets the sky and wonders what lies beyond the waves. It makes you think about the many possibilities of what others are doing and thinking on the other end. I really enjoyed the story and its illustrations.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Abigail Cruz

    What I like about this book is that we don't actually know where the child is or who they are because this story could be read anywhere. Every child wonders what lands are beyond the ocean, beyond what they can see, so this would be a good book to get children thinking and answering the question "what might be over there? What is different, what is the same?". However, I do think that the book was a little dry and children might not be very entertained by it. It's pretty simple, but maybe some k What I like about this book is that we don't actually know where the child is or who they are because this story could be read anywhere. Every child wonders what lands are beyond the ocean, beyond what they can see, so this would be a good book to get children thinking and answering the question "what might be over there? What is different, what is the same?". However, I do think that the book was a little dry and children might not be very entertained by it. It's pretty simple, but maybe some kids like things that are practical and clear cut.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    The first Gomi title I encounter was Bus Stops which has very rounded edges to tall the objects in the illustrations. This title being focused on looking out over the over has a preponderance of horizontal lines which is the perspective one sees when looking from the ocean shore. The imagination comes from they young child wondering what is on the other side of the ocean. My question is how and why did it take this title 38 years to be published in the US?

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    (Note to self: Author lives in Japan, like our pen pals.) A young child stands on the shore and wonders what is over the ocean. Perhaps cities, farms, and people. Maybe there are bullies. Maybe there are fairs and beautiful stars. Perhaps there are people much like us over the ocean. Demonstrates a child's curiosity and imagination and reminds us all that those far away have more in common with us than they have differences. (Note to self: Author lives in Japan, like our pen pals.) A young child stands on the shore and wonders what is over the ocean. Perhaps cities, farms, and people. Maybe there are bullies. Maybe there are fairs and beautiful stars. Perhaps there are people much like us over the ocean. Demonstrates a child's curiosity and imagination and reminds us all that those far away have more in common with us than they have differences.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Logan Wolford

    "Over the Ocean," is a great book about curiosity. It leaves children wondering what really is beyond the ocean. The illustrations were a huge part of the story, they were very detailed, and they show what the child in the story is thinking. The plot is about the child's image of the ocean and her imagination. This book is great for kids because it encourages them to be creative and go beyond their imaginations. "Over the Ocean," is a great book about curiosity. It leaves children wondering what really is beyond the ocean. The illustrations were a huge part of the story, they were very detailed, and they show what the child in the story is thinking. The plot is about the child's image of the ocean and her imagination. This book is great for kids because it encourages them to be creative and go beyond their imaginations.

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