Item description for Once Upon a Sandcastle by Fernando Molinari Hildegard Caringi...
Once Upon a Sandcastle is a fantasy/adventure novel that seamlessly blends realism and fiction while following the adventures of its young heroine Savannah and her cohorts. When Savannah, the youngest of the three Longwood girls, and her friend Holly discover young Jacob on a beach, their interest is sparked by the incredible sandcastle that he has constructed. When David, the lifeguard who assisted Jacob in building the structure, suggests that the children enter the sandcastle by singing an enchanted tune, their adventure begins. The three children find themselves transported to a world where mystery and intrigue lie around every corner. As the story unfolds, Savannah, Holly and Jacob overcome obstacles, meet the inhabitants of a strange new world, find their characters tested and learn the value of knowing their inner strength. Once Upon a Sandcastle is a must-read for any adventurous spirit--young and old alike!
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 1" Weight: 1.62 lbs.
Release Date Jan 15, 2008
Publisher Mill City Press, Inc.
ISBN 1934248894 ISBN13 9781934248898
Reviews - What do customers think about Once Upon a Sandcastle?
Once Upon a Sandcastle Jun 7, 2008
If, after a day of hard work, you are ready to put your feet up and escape on a rollercoaster ride into an exciting world of fantasy and adventure, pick up "Once Upon a Sandcastle," Hille Caringi's delightful book written for the young and the young-at-heart. Don't let the magic sandcastle surrounded by its enchanting cast of characters on the book cover fool you, this book is not just a treat for kids from 9 to 12 but all the way up to 91. It is tailor-made to become a Disney movie.
Charming illustrations of Argentinian artist Fernado Molinari bring the unique characters Ms. Caringi created to life. Two inseparable friends Savannah and Holly follow their newfound, wheelchair-bound friend Jacob into a magical sandcastle with the help of an enchanted song. Unfortunately, this catapults them into a strange, mysterious world and under the control of an eccentric queen. The adventure is as exciting as it turns out to be dangerous, forcing Jacob and his friends to overcome countless obstacles as they fight off menacing monsters while trying to escape from the clutches of myriad spooky characters. As we follow the children on their perilous journey, we join them on a ride with the queen in her royal elephant-shaped balloon, we get captured on a distant island when the balloon crashes, and finally find ourselves trapped in an underwater world where crocodiles and mermaids roam and try to seduce us into staying. As Jacob and his friends learn about courage and compassion, facing their fears against all odds, they each develop an inner strength they did not know they had. Especially Jacob realizes how powerful he can be when he takes control of his mind and decides to believe in himself. We are getting a wonderful sense of being immersed in a universe of creative imagination - and yet, the journey of those children may be a metaphor for our own journey into our subconscious mind where fantastic feats can be accomplished - and maybe, just maybe, we can bring a little of that magic into our own everyday life.
Sharon's book review. Jun 4, 2008
Once Upon a Sand Castle written by Hildegard Caringi
I purchased "Once Upon a Sand Castle" with the intent of giving the book to my granddaughter. But as I opened the book and read the first few pages, I found myself absorbed along with Jacob, Savannah, and Holly within a wonderful adventurous fantasy. While enchanted travels are challenging and endless, the children discover their enter strength and the love of others. I highly recommend this book for pre-teens and adults.
Once Upon a Sand Castle Apr 26, 2008
When writing Juvenile Fiction, one has to be able to tap into the creativity, imagination, and attention of young readers. In Once Upon a Sandcastle, author Hildegard Caringi takes readers on a journey of the mind and spirit.
Savannah and her best friend Holly are two young girls full of curiosity, energy, and adventure. While visiting their Aunt in Malibu, the girls come across a young boy in a wheelchair on a beach. Jacob is a shy and introverted boy with a troubled family past. Jacob meets a man by the name of David and the two develop an instant bond. David teaches Jacob a song that will allow him to enter a magical sand castle. Jacob, Savannah, and Holly sing the song and enter the enchanted world. When Jacob arrives at this mystifying place, he discovers that he is no longer with the two girls. The three find themselves facing mysterious dark creatures, an angry Queen, and a multitude of lively and colorful characters.
With Jacob, Holly, and Savannah confronting many obstacles and ominous characters, Once Upon a Sand Castle is an action-packed fantasy adventure full of surprising twists and turns. The story is rich in color, creative characters, and fundamental themes that include: courage, compassion, overcoming physical and emotional challenges, as well as acquiring and developing friendships. Settings were vividly described to allow one to expand the imagination. The story is enhanced by the wonderful illustrations provided by renowned Argentina artist, Fernando Molinari. The book will inspire readers to draw on their imagination and encourage creative thought. There is a helpful list of questions at the end of the book that will motivate parents and children to discuss the various plots and themes.
Because the central character is Jacob, it may have been more appropriate to organize the book with the opening and closing focusing on Jacob. The dialogue was consistent with only a few instances of words that may be a bit beyond how young people talk.
Once Upon a Sand Castle is a very entertaining story filled with imaginative adventures and spell-binding characters. It is highly recommended to young people as well as adults.
Tracy Roberts, Write Field Services
WOW! Apr 1, 2008
ONCE UPON A SANDCASTLE is a rollercoaster ride for kids of all ages. It's an adventure that takes you into the fantastic world of bewitched sandcastles, animated hot-air balloons, dungeons, caves, mermaid grottos... Some interesting twists with characters will make you go HHHMMM. A great read; you won't get bored with this one.
A Beautiful/Exciting Story Feb 26, 2008
What a beautiful and exciting story to have stumbled upon. Right from the beginning, the action takes off, leading the reader though Caringi's immense imagination. An excellent read for the kids; they will love the all of the magiccal creatures and enjoy looking at the AMAZING illustrations by Fernando Molinari.