Out to Sea


From the award-winning author of The Star in the Forest, a heartfelt story about learning to cope with anxiety and grief


ISBN: 9780500660140 Category:

Helen Kellock


Out to Sea follows the journey of a young girl named Lara who is so sad after the death of her grandmother that she is carried out to sea on a flood of her own tears. When it seems like sadness has overwhelmed her entirely, she discovers a pearl at the bottom of the ocean that triggers memories of the many happy times Lara shared with her grandmother. With the pearl safely at her side, Lara realises that she is not alone and finds the strength to pick up her oars and row herself back home.

Illustrated in Helen Kellock’s inimitable style of pencil, gouache and watercolour artworks, Out to Sea expresses the experience of anxiety and grief with unprecedented sensitivity. Unlike other books for children about loss or grief that usher their readers towards a conclusion, Out to Sea shows readers how they might ride the wave of emotions without losing perspective.

Additional information

Weight 250 g
Dimensions 23.1 x 30.8 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 21 April 2022
Number of pages 32
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 23.1 x 30.8 cm
Weight 250 g


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Helen Kellock is an illustrator and artist based in Glasgow with a Masters in Illustration from the Glasgow School of Art. For her work on The Star in the Forest, Kellock was recognised in a number of awards including winning the 2018 Batsford Prize for Children's Illustration, and was highly commended as part of the Macmillan Book Prize. She was also highly commended in the Penguin Random House Student Design Award 2018. Kellock was awarded Picture Books Illustrator of the Year in 2019.