Nye, Sand and Stones by Bree Galbraith; Illustrated by Marion Arbona
This newest offering from local author Bree Galbraith couldn't have arrived at a better time. Here is a story of Nye, a young girl who dares to question why things are they way they are. She describes this as the "words making sense but the feeling wasn't right". She bravely then asserts her own ideas and in doing so, changes the world around her.
I have bias with Bree. I met her when she made her first book, many years ago, just finding her author voice, on the crest of some very big changes in her life. I hear a lot of Bree in Nye, who is ambitious, brave, and charting a course on her own. I think you will be inspired by this tale, made wonderfully enjoyable to read with illustrations by Marion Arbona. And maybe, just maybe you and the little ones you read this with might also be inspired to go beyond the great "because" and be the change in your own lives.
"Somewhere off the coast and around the corner there are two islands. One island is made mostly of stones and the other mainly of sand, and that’s where the problem began. Young Nye doesn’t understand why the people on her Island of Sand work so hard to build beautiful sandcastles every day if they are destined to be ruined by the stones catapulted over by the people of the Island of Stones every evening. When she asks “Why?” all she ever hears in response is “Because.”