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A father tells his son about the wishes he was granted throughout his life by five sand birds that his own father gave him one day when he was a boy, as they walked together on the beach. The subjects dealt with in this book are rarely encountered in children's literature: the power of the inner voice that guides the individual and the vital choices that shape each of our lives; the unconditional love that binds parent to child. The prominence given to the illustrations enhances the depth of these themes. Readers are propelled into the very heart of the artist's imagination: faced with a series of large depictions, they are encouraged to enter the narrative the way one enters a gallery or an exhibition room. The dense, dark tones selected by the illustrator help to evoke the bygone days presented in the story.