Start of the Ocean

start of the ocean cover

AuthorMichelle Worthington

IllustratorAnn-Marie Finn


SquiggleMum’s comments:

This gentle recount tells of a little girl’s day at the beach, from sunrise to sunset. The text is in present tense, giving the story a sense of “now” and helping young readers to enter the narrative. Finn’s warm illustrations complement the soft text.

“Start of the Ocean” is a nice example of independent publishing, although an editor’s touch is missing from the book overall. However, this doesn’t stop it being a sweet tale which families will enjoy reading together. It is definitely suited more to the home environment than the classroom.

Recommended for:

  • Early childhood
  • Exploring simple sentence structure in present tense (I am standing, I am climbing, I am playing, I am swimming…) 
  • Talking about the beach (what can you see? hear? taste? touch? smell?)
  • Beach holiday bedtime stories


squigglemum 3stars

* I received “Start of the Ocean” compliments of Wybble. No payment was received for this review and all opinions are my own.