Beach Day

Beach Day

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by Karen Roosa
     
 

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In this charming picture book, a cheerful family tumbles out of the car and onto the beach, ready for a perfect day. Buoyant verse just right for reading aloud and bright, playful illustrations capture the singular feeling of a hazy, lazy day by the ocean, complete with a ball game with new friends, water-skiers and sailboats, and a picnic lunch of fried chicken

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In this charming picture book, a cheerful family tumbles out of the car and onto the beach, ready for a perfect day. Buoyant verse just right for reading aloud and bright, playful illustrations capture the singular feeling of a hazy, lazy day by the ocean, complete with a ball game with new friends, water-skiers and sailboats, and a picnic lunch of fried chicken and deviled eggs. This book is a captivating introduction to the beach for young children and an irresistible gift for beach lovers of any age.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
The excitement and enthusiasm of the day are perfectly captured by the artist's bright, lively watercolors and the author's active, playful text. School Library Journal

"It is a land and waterscape that reaches right down into our primordial souls — the beach, here given full inconic treatment. Using scant couplets to convey the most elemental pleasures of a day at the beach, and enticingly depicted in Smith's watercolors, this will call up memories of any reader who has spent time on the ocean's shore. From that first rush down the dunes and onto the strand—"Waves roar/ Rush,and soar!/ Rolling, crashing/ To the shore" —to the tramp back out—"Sun-warmed skin, contented grin"— it is an experience unlike any other and Roosa's got it just right. Sandcastles, swimming, softball, snoozing. Pictured details entice: kicking off one's shoes, chasing sand crabs, enjoying trays of yummy lunch. "Noon light/ Shimmers bright/ In the distance,? Hot and white." Appetite and taste take on a special edge, and then the hit of post-lunch langour: "Waves lapping/ Babies napping/ On the water/ Sails are snapping." Good stuff, simple and viscerally transporting, the waft of salt strong from the page. Over too soon." Kirkus Reviews

"It is a land and waterscape that reaches right down into our primordial souls — the beach, here given full inconic treatment. Using scant couplets to convey the most elemental pleasures of a day at the beach, and enticingly depicted in Smith's watercolors, this will call up memories of any reader who has spent time on the ocean's shore. From that first rush down the dunes and onto the strand—"Waves roar/ Rush,and soar!/ Rolling, crashing/ To the shore" —to the tramp back out—"Sun-warmed skin, contented grin"— it is an experience unlike any other and Roosa's got it just right. Sandcastles, swimming, softball, snoozing. Pictured details entice: kicking off one's shoes, chasing sand crabs, enjoying trays of yummy lunch. "Noon light/ Shimmers bright/ In the distance,? Hot and white." Appetite and taste take on a special edge, and then the hit of post-lunch langour: "Waves lapping/ Babies napping/ On the water/ Sails are snapping." Good stuff, simple and viscerally transporting, the waft of salt strong from the page. Over too soon." Kirkus Reviews

Young readers will be searching for flip-flops and sunscreen upon finishing this kicky look at a summer day spent at the shore. . . . All told, this book will have the whole family hankering for a day by the water.
Publishers Weekly

The lively art in deep, vivid watercolor washed is filled wit hwell-observed details. Kids will have fun poring over and talking about the illustrations as they find new stories in the visuals.
Booklist, ALA, Boxed Review

Roosa's happy verse perfectly captures a sunny beach day full of salty splashing and play. . . .With warm, bright watercolor illustrations that are packed with inviting, authentic detail, this book is presents an ideal visit to the shore.
Horn Book Guide

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Young readers will be searching for flip-flops and sunscreen upon finishing this kicky look at a summer day spent at the shore. In her picture book debut, Roosa serves up myriad salty, sandy and sunny images in bouncy verse. ("High clouds flurry,/ Sand crabs scurry--/ Hungry swimmers/ In a hurry!/ Chicken legs,/ Deviled eggs.../ What a banquet!/ Seagull begs.") From building sandcastles to romping in the surf and enjoying a beach blanket feast, Roosa incorporates all the fun things that families do on a beach-vacation day that stretches from morning to twilight. Smith (This Is Your Garden) matches Roosa's joyful tone step for step, depicting families of every size, shape and color, donning all manner of bright bathing suits, sun hats and cover-ups. A rainbow of sand toys, towels, beach umbrellas and coolers dot the dunes and the beach itself like colored pebbles. Smiling children and kind-faced adults (and a couple of playful pooches) make use of every part of nature's playground; sailors and kite-fliers in the background further extend the energetic on-the-sand and in-the-water scenes. All told, this book will have the whole family hankering for a day by the water. Ages 3-6. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
In simple rhythmic language, this book explores a fun-filled day at the beach. The family arrives early in the morning loaded down with sand toys, beach chairs, an umbrella and a cooler filled with picnic food. They find the perfect spot to spread out towels and join the other families watching the waves crash and roar, as boats and water-skiers cut through the water, leaving a glistening spray. As kids play and parents watch the little ones, the text and illustrations manage to capture just about every aspect of a sunny day at the shore, including the insects and the sand between the toes. The heat of the noon sun encourages a frolic in the water, and then, after a ball game, everyone settles down to lunch while a seagull begs for crumbs. Later, there is more time for fun before everything must be packed up for the trip home as the sun goes down. 2001, Clarion/Houghton Mifflin, $15.00. Ages 3 to 6. Reviewer: Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Delighted families rush onto the beach. Parents and children water-ski, bury themselves in the sand, splash and cavort in the water, play ball, and build colossal sand castles. Gliding over heads and swirling under feet, the rhyming text is well complemented by Smith's jubilant and frolicsome pictures. The excitement and enthusiasm of the day are perfectly captured by the artist's bright, lively watercolors and the author's active, playful text. Pair this with Marie-Louise Gay's Stella, Star of the Sea (Groundwood, 1999) and Silvia Francia's Roberta's Vacation (Kane/Miller, 1998) for a swimmingly fine storytime.-Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
It is a land and waterscape that reaches right down into our primordial souls-the beach, here given full iconic treatment. Using scant couplets to convey the most elemental pleasures of a day at the beach, and enticingly depicted in Smith's watercolors, this will call up memories of any reader who has spent time on the ocean's shore. From that first rush down the dunes and onto the strand-"Waves roar, / Rush, and soar! / Rolling, crashing / To the shore"-to the tramp back out-"Sun-warmed skin, contented grin"-it is an experience unlike any other and Roosa's got it just right. Sandcastles, swimming, softball, snoozing. Pictured details entice: kicking off one's shoes, chasing sand crabs, enjoying trays of yummy lunch. "Noon light / Shimmers bright / In the distance, / Hot and white." Appetite and taste take on a special edge, and then the hit of post-lunch languor: "Waves lapping/ Babies napping / On the water / Sails are snapping." Good stuff, simple and viscerally transporting, the waft of salt strong from the page. Over too soon. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618029235
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/19/2001
Edition description:
None
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
416,751
Product dimensions:
(w) x (h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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From the Publisher
The excitement and enthusiasm of the day are perfectly captured by the artist's bright, lively watercolors and the author's active, playful text. School Library Journal

"It is a land and waterscape that reaches right down into our primordial souls—the beach, here given full inconic treatment. Using scant couplets to convey the most elemental pleasures of a day at the beach, and enticingly depicted in Smith's watercolors, this will call up memories of any reader who has spent time on the ocean's shore. From that first rush down the dunes and onto the strand—"Waves roar/ Rush,and soar!/ Rolling, crashing/ To the shore"—to the tramp back out—"Sun-warmed skin, contented grin"—it is an experience unlike any other and Roosa's got it just right. Sandcastles, swimming, softball, snoozing. Pictured details entice: kicking off one's shoes, chasing sand crabs, enjoying trays of yummy lunch. "Noon light/ Shimmers bright/ In the distance,? Hot and white." Appetite and taste take on a special edge, and then the hit of post-lunch langour: "Waves lapping/ Babies napping/ On the water/ Sails are snapping." Good stuff, simple and viscerally transporting, the waft of salt strong from the page. Over too soon." Kirkus Reviews

"It is a land and waterscape that reaches right down into our primordial souls—the beach, here given full inconic treatment. Using scant couplets to convey the most elemental pleasures of a day at the beach, and enticingly depicted in Smith's watercolors, this will call up memories of any reader who has spent time on the ocean's shore. From that first rush down the dunes and onto the strand—"Waves roar/ Rush,and soar!/ Rolling, crashing/ To the shore"—to the tramp back out—"Sun-warmed skin, contented grin"—it is an experience unlike any other and Roosa's got it just right. Sandcastles, swimming, softball, snoozing. Pictured details entice: kicking off one's shoes, chasing sand crabs, enjoying trays of yummy lunch. "Noon light/ Shimmers bright/ In the distance,? Hot and white." Appetite and taste take on a special edge, and then the hit of post-lunch langour: "Waves lapping/ Babies napping/ On the water/ Sails are snapping." Good stuff, simple and viscerally transporting, the waft of salt strong from the page. Over too soon." Kirkus Reviews

Young readers will be searching for flip-flops and sunscreen upon finishing this kicky look at a summer day spent at the shore. . . . All told, this book will have the whole family hankering for a day by the water.
Publishers Weekly

The lively art in deep, vivid watercolor washed is filled wit hwell-observed details. Kids will have fun poring over and talking about the illustrations as they find new stories in the visuals.
Booklist, ALA, Boxed Review

Roosa's happy verse perfectly captures a sunny beach day full of salty splashing and play. . . .With warm, bright watercolor illustrations that are packed with inviting, authentic detail, this book is presents an ideal visit to the shore.
Horn Book Guide

Meet the Author

Maggie Smith has illustrated many picture books, some of which she also wrote. My Blue Bunny, Bubbit is the first book she written as well as illustrated for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. An accomplished sewist and owner of the Etsy shop Maggierama, she lives in Seattle, Washington. Please visit her at www.maggiebooks.com.

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Beach Day 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I pad in, then gesture for the two toms following me to go in. My silver tabby-and-white pelt glows dimly in the den. I make a nest, and Sharkpaw makes his beside mine. His blue eyes glitter softly. Aspenpaw follows our lead and makes his nest, his dark brown fur llooking like a shadow. -Neverpaw I finish making a nest, and sit back, satisfied. -Sharkpaw I pad out, flicking my tail. The others follow. -Aspenpaw
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The dark brown she-cat trots in and makes her nest in the center of the den. She lines the sides with feathers and braken, then trots out humming happily. -IP-
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I pad in, then designate the corner farthest from everyone else as my spot. I drag an already made nest over, then add some more feathers and moss before trotting back out.+Mistypaw