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“Heads need to be filled up! But not with air like balloons! You need to study and learn as many things as you can,” Mom. –The Secret of the Magic Pearl
The Secret of the Magic Pearl
by Elisa Sabatinelli
Hector lives with his family in an Italian coastal town where they organize tourist expeditions to explore the many wonders of the sea. Hector’s dream is to become a deep-sea diver, just like his father. Then, one day, an unscrupulous entrepreneur opens a much newer tourist center next door, forcing them to close their business. This unscrupulous entrepreneur has a single purpose, to find the legendary Pearl in order to sell it and make money. Hector decides to find a way to thwart the man’s plan and save what matters most to him: the sea, his family, and his dream.
Hector tells his own story, which allows the reader to understand his love of the sea. Readers may find the story dull since most of the action is told from Hector’s point of view. However, Hector does an amazing job describing the people in the story and often uses comical descriptions such as one character who had “hair that looks like it was licked by a cow.” Because everything is filtered through Hector, none of the characters have much depth. However, the villain does learn that family is more important than riches.
The real gems of The Secret of the Magic Pearl are the beautiful, full-color illustrations that are whimsical and beautiful. Many of the pages have full-page illustrations and almost all the pages have at least one picture. The illustrations show the characters and often include fanciful details. For example, when Hector dreams about his grandfather, his grandfather is wearing a ship captain’s jacket, has a starfish attached to his coat, and instead of legs, he has octopus tentacles. In fact, many of the pages have ocean creatures as part of the illustrations; readers will have fun trying to identify all the fish and other creatures.
While the story isn’t full of excitement, readers will enjoy studying the illustrations in The Secret of the Magic Pearl. Anyone who loves the sea will relate to Hector and will enjoy seeing him go on his first deep-sea dive where he learns that “beautiful things should be shared and there’s nothing more beautiful than our sea.” Any child who loves the ocean will enjoy The Secret of the Magic Pearl. Since the book mentions Jacques Cousteau, you may also want to grab a copy of Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau by Jennifer Berne.
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- Hector thinks that some men are dimwits.
- A man calls his employees “stupid, incompetent blobfish!”
- The sea is portrayed as a living entity.