The Sea in the Trees

When the warm wind was flowing
In the leaves of the tall ash tree,
The old man fell asleep in the park
And he dreamed of the sound of the sea.

The branches filled and billowed,
The highest mainmast swayed,
As long sea-miles of the afternoon
His green galleon made…

In the harbour of the shade.

'The Sea in the Trees' from The Magic Box (Macmillan Children’s Books. 2009), © Kit Wright 2009, used by permission of the author.


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1Red Boots On

2The Chap

3Zoe's Ear-rings

4In Cold Blood

5The Thumb Bird

6Nothing Else

8All of Us

9In Memory of a Beautiful Jeweller

10The Sea in the Trees

11Bluebells and Penguins


13The Magic Box

14Lorrie and Dorrie

15Waiting for the Tone

16Watch your French

17My Dad, Your Dad

18How to Treat the House-plants

19Fair Warning of a Goddess

20My Party

21In the Cathdral Gardens

22I Heard Someone Crying

23Rock Around the Wok



26Dad and the Cat and the Tree

27Bad Dog Blues

28Heads or Tails?

29Hot Dog

30A Ballroom for St Bernards


32The Rotters

33Useful Person

7How I See It