Liam loved his father’s stories of life at sea. But one day, his father’s ship doesn’t return, and Liam’s love of stories fades. Then the Traveler, a mysterious old man who spins stories with a magical beard like a tapestry, arrives, reminding Liam of his father. They embark on the Traveler’s final voyage together, and before the journey ends, the Traveler passes on his magical gift to Liam.
Woven with themes of loss, discovery, and friendship, this poignant tale captures the unexpected magic of shared stories and refound hope.
Danielle Davison was reading before she was in kindergarten and has carried that love of stories into adulthood. A former librarian, she has degrees in psychology and social science. She lives in Le Sueur, Minnesota, with her family, and this is her debut picture book.
Anne Lambelet is a voracious consumer and creator of books. She holds a degree in illustration from the University of the Arts and is the author-illustrator of Maria the Matador and Dogs and Their People (Page Street Kids). She lives with her husband in Philadelphia.
"Lambelet's luscious, cinematic artwork will transport readers." – Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"[F]antastical imagery that reinforces the transporting power of stories." – Publishers Weekly
"Dreamy and delightful from start to finish." – Booklist
"The themes of grief and recovery through the power of words are potent ones... [The Traveler's Gift] could certainly be used to initiate conversations about storytelling and about loss." – BCCB