The book deals with the difficult themes of loss within families and the devastating sadness of the death of innocent children in natural disasters. Some children may recall the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami that took thousands of lives, giving adults an opportunity to talk honestly with them about such disasters. The Author's Note at the end answers many questions children might have about tsunamis.
Solemnly conveying the fragility of life, Grandfather used to remind Kimo, "The ocean is both friend and foe. It gives, but it also takes"—a truth folded into the story's lasting and positive message about the power of collective memory.
2007 Bank Street College of Education - Best Book of the Year List
2008 Storytelling World Awards Honor winner in the Pre-Adolescent Listeners category