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Vey gasped as she emerged from the freezing water. Everything happened so fast. She had left the egg with the Deathgrippers..the deathgrippers..she was barreled into..by.. She began calling her mate's name, the dryness of the air siphoning every attempt to make herself heard. Where was Stern? He had fallen over the cliff with her and had to be somewhere with her and the human ship wreckage. She swam around, the firey red glow of the island behind her lighting the ocean until she saw him clinging to a bit of a ship's hull. She saw the relieved look on his face as he made eye contact with her. His left eye drooped more than his right and his body shivered with cold, yet he managed to give a crooked smile. He looked on the brink of happy tears before his eyes rolled and his grip broke as his large frame splashed down into the swaying waves. The Light Wraith dove after him; shoving her wings and limbs forward with all her might. Rocks, shells, flags, timbers spun in her vision alongside the sinking form of the night fury. Her heart pounded and her lungs strained with the lack of oxygen. Every part of her cramped with cold, bubbles rushed past her face as she began to let go of her breath. Vey couldn't let him down. Not again. She reached for his paw.
Running towards the weekend & trying to soak up every last bit of remaining summer sunshine !! ☀️☀️☀️ More-so comprised of vibrant sun beams than sheets of paper, and more-so painted in delicious, salty ocean spray than in ink, Beach Feet encapsulates everything glorious, sensational & celebratory about a day at the shore. 🌊 In transportive words and vibrant images, this book is an exuberant reminder of time well spent ; chasing what makes us feel most alive ; delighting through every single finger and toe, through each one of our fully open senses. Happy Saturday! Enjoy everything!! 💛☀️
★ Selected for the New York Public Library’s 2012 List of 100 Best Books for Reading & Sharing ★
✏️written by Kiyomi Konagaya
〰️translated from Japanese by Yuki Kaneko
🖍illustrated by Masamitsu Saito. .
“So evocatively does poet Konagaya observe the experiences of feet at the beach, and so vividly does artist Saito record them, that to read this book is to be transported straight to the seaside. […] Big forms provide motion and action, while the artwork gives the pages a sense of velvety luxury. A small-scale creation that yields unexpected richness of experience.” —STARRED REVIEW, Publishers Weekly