Social Justice Activities:
Visual Literacy: Why is the sea black? Why does the author change the color scheme on some pages from dark to bright? Why is the guard so large with a red beard? What does the lighthouse symbolize? More great questions here.
Author's Craft: Analyze how the story is told from the child's point of view. How might it have been different if told from the mother's point of view?
Sequencing, Theme, Metaphors (visual literacy)
Fiction, 3rd and up
Author's stated heritage: Italian
Subject Integration: Art, Science (animal migration)