Two pelicans arrive to find the Sea Gate closed and the dolphin tells them they are late. The pelicans say that they have been building their nest ‘far beyond the Sea’s rim’. The pelicans enjoy living on the land but the dolphin cannot understand how they can bear not to hear ‘the music of the sea’. The story appears unresolved at the end, but perhaps the essence is in the line ‘we had been seeking another view’ as an encouragement to all of us to broaden our horizons, though it is dubious whether the intended audience would appreciate this point. The illustrations are like an explosion of rich colour on every page; they are full of life and seem almost tangible. At the end of the book is an account of the Caribbean habitats of the pelican and the dolphin.