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Beach Party!
     

Beach Party!

by Harriet Ziefert, Simms Taback (Illustrator), H. Ziefert
 

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The reader is asked: What kind of walking can you do today? This starts a promenade of sea creatures that scoot, slither, dash, or slide across the pages. A lobster dances, a penguin flaps, and an octopus twists. Once all 11 animals are introduced, readers are invited to join them as they head for a swim. The words that describe the varied movements are then

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The reader is asked: What kind of walking can you do today? This starts a promenade of sea creatures that scoot, slither, dash, or slide across the pages. A lobster dances, a penguin flaps, and an octopus twists. Once all 11 animals are introduced, readers are invited to join them as they head for a swim. The words that describe the varied movements are then repeated as a horizontal list of action verbs. The rhyming text ends abruptly with a splash. This board book could entertain energetic toddlers or emerging readers. The cartoon illustrations are bright and simple. The smiling animals and their friendly demeanor will attract children.

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School Library Journal
PreS-Readers are asked, "What kind of walking can you do today?" Thus starts a promenade of sea creatures that scoot, slither, dash, or slide across the pages. A lobster dances, a penguin flaps, and an octopus twists. Once all 11 animals are introduced, readers are invited to join them as they head for a swim. The words that describe the varied movements are then repeated as a horizontal list of action verbs. The rhyming text ends abruptly with a splash. This board book could entertain energetic toddlers or emerging readers. The cartoon illustrations are bright and simple. Two flat colors, mustard sand and sky blue, with an unsteady black horizon between them, form the backdrop for the parade. The smiling animals are broadly drawn with a thick black line, and their friendly demeanor will attract children.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This play rhyme in board book form invites young listeners to sashay like a menagerie of marine life, each one with its own verb: "Can you walk like a penguin? FLIP-FLAP-FLAP! / Slide like a slithering seal? SLIP-SLAP-SLAP!" Taback depicts the animals in characteristic cartoon style, placing them against a clear blue backdrop and all heading, as it turns out, for a swim. A colorful way to get audiences not quite up to the Method exercises in Jean Marzollo's Pretend You're a Cat, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney (1990), off their duffs to "Walk . . . Slither . . . Dash . . . " "Dance . . . Scoot . . . Splash!" (Board book. 1-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593540678
Publisher:
Blue Apple Books
Publication date:
02/01/2005
Pages:
7
Product dimensions:
8.47(w) x 9.53(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Simms Taback won a Caldecott Honor Award for There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly and the Caldecott Medal for Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, of which The Horn Book wrote, "The art sings with color and movement and humor and personality." He has also produced award-winning titles for Blue Apple, such as Peek-a-Boo, Who? (a 2006 Scholastic Parent & Child Best Book of the Year) and Simms Taback's Big Book of Words (a 2004 Child Best Book of the Year, 2004 Parenting Book of the Year Award winner, and a 2004 Parents' Choice Gold Award winner). The author lives in California.

Harriet Ziefert is the author of more than 200 children's books. The mother of two and the grandmother of five, she lives in South Orange, New Jersey.

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