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Beach Is to Fun: A Book of Relationships
     

Beach Is to Fun: A Book of Relationships

by Pat Brisson
 

Gull is to sky
as shell is to sand.
Child is to family
as finger is to hand.

Here's a book that makes learning about analogies
as much fun as going to the beach

A trip to the beach-and all the excitement that surrounds it-unfolds in this cheerful picture book chock-full of engaging wordplay and sensory

Overview

Gull is to sky
as shell is to sand.
Child is to family
as finger is to hand.

Here's a book that makes learning about analogies
as much fun as going to the beach

A trip to the beach-and all the excitement that surrounds it-unfolds in this cheerful picture book chock-full of engaging wordplay and sensory detail. The rhythmic text explores the concept of analogies in an accessible, immediate way. Children can begin to make their own associations and pairings as they long for a day by the sea!

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From the Publisher

“[I]t bounces along.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Children will enjoy this cheery lesson on word relationships.” —School Library Journal

“Brisson introduces verbal analogies in a playful picture book that makes a game of connecting words in meaningful ways. The result is plenty of fun as well as a different way of thinking...” —Booklist

School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-This celebration of words describes summertime fun. Each spread contains a pair of rhyming analogies, such as "Sea is to salty as candy is to sweet./Hat is to head as sandals are to feet." Although some of the word choices seem forced to fit the rhyme scheme, many of the comparisons are clever, such as "Grains are to beach as drops are to sea./Gramps is to Dad as Dad is to me." The vibrant acrylic-and-pastel paintings feature a boy, a girl, and their quirky dog enjoying a variety of activities: swimming in the ocean, playing ball, building sand castles, visiting the playground, and spending a day at the pool. The bright, eclectic illustrations are infused with energy and include many amusing details-the dog reads a newspaper in a lounge chair, the boy rafts down a river past several African animals, a poodle in a convertible puts on makeup. Children will enjoy this cheery lesson on word relationships.-Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A summery tale brightly colored as a beach ball-if a little heavy on the teaching thing. Brisson has made a rhymed text entirely of analogies: this is to that as this is to that, and that's the problem. Because it's a rhyme and focused on a day at the beach, one might find oneself questioning the validity of some of the analogies. For example, "Sun is to yellow / as cloud is to white" may have every kid who has ever seen a pink or grey cloud (or a red or orange sun) doubting the connection. And, "Toss is to catch / as fast is to slow" actually doesn't cut it. Having said that, it bounces along, most of the analogies work, and the acrylic and pastel pictures, with their round-headed, button-eyed figures, tropical fruit colors, and scenes of going to the playground, beach, pool, and boat are lively. (Picture book. 5-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805073157
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
06/01/2004
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.37(w) x 9.23(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

PAT BRISSON has always loved the beach and especially the Jersey shore. She is the author of more than twenty books for children, including Bertie's Picture Day; Little Sister, Big Sister; and Hot Fudge Hero, which was named a Parents' Choice Honor Book and one of New York Public Library's "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing." Ms. Brisson lives in Phillipsburg, New Jersey.
SACHIKO YOSHIKAWA grew up in Tokyo but spent many summers visiting the beaches of southern Japan. Her childhood memories served as inspiration when creating the pictures for Beach Is to Fun. Ms. Yoshikawa is also the illustrator of Stars. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband.

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