Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite
Pearl of the Seas by Ruth Finnegan is a children’s book and a prequel to Black Inked Pearl, written by the same author. Having read Black Inked Pearl, I actually enjoyed this book even more - probably because it is written for a younger audience and thus follows a more simplistic style. Pearl of the Seas also follows the magical adventures of Kate, Chris, and of course the dog, Holly. In this book, Chris and Kate are on the beach and find themselves on a ship by magic. Holly, the dog, of course is an integral part of their magic and accompanies them. Their sailing adventures thus take them through magical places, where they encounter a king and queen, lions and beasts, and more. Most of all, they encounter philosophical truths which turn them into who they are as they grow up and follow their destiny.
Pearl of the Seas is written in the same lyrical, part prose, part poetry style of Black Inked Pearl. The main difference is the writing is simpler and meant for older children or pre-teens. I loved how the young Chris and Kate are portrayed, which really helps to put their relationship into perspective once they are older. The illustrations in this book are a nice accompaniment to the text. My favorite part, however, was the little nuggets of wisdom throughout this story such as the riddles posed to the children. This is a fun and easy read and I would certainly recommend it for older children.