How Will We Get to the Beach?by Brigitte Luciani, Eve Tharlet
The reader is asked to guess what Roxanne must leave behind (ball, umbrella, book, turtle, or baby) as she tries various means of transportation to get to the beach.
Children's Literature - Children's LiteratureIt's a beautiful summer day for the beach, Roxanne decides. She has only five things she must take, but when the car won't start, each possible alternative will force her to leave something behind. The reader has the chance each time to participate, to guess what, and even why, it can't go, on bus, bike, skateboard, kayak, even balloon. The tone is light-hearted and the happy ending is never in doubt as she, with turtle, umbrella, book, ball, and "of course, her baby" have a "wonderful time" at the beach. The visual story presented by Tharlet starts on the front end papers--a strip of grass, the corner of a big blue book, and a tiny ladybug. The title page adds the turtle and the other essentials, and keeps the ladybug. The delicately drawn but very active color illustrations show both Roxanne's consternation and the resolution of each false start using only the major props with very few additions, like the ladybug in each scene. The back end papers show only a sandy strip, the blue sea, and, just marching off the edge, the ladybug. This neatly conceived bit of whimsy cleverly makes the readers/listeners part of the events as they seek out the solutions, have color concepts reinforced, and seek out the tiniest unmentioned protagonist. A Michael Neugebauer book. 2000, North-South Books, Ages 3 to 6, $14.95. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Roxanne is going to the beach and wants to take five things, the turtle, the umbrella, a book, a ball, and of course, her baby. But...her car will not start. She tries all sorts of other ways of getting to the beach, but in each case one of the five things has to be left behind. Using the illustrated clues, children will have fun recalling what can't fit. When a delightful solution presents itself, children will rejoice. 2000, North-South Books, $14.95. Ages 3 to 8. Reviewer: C. Henebry SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
School Library JournalPreS-Gr 2-Roxanne is headed for the beach on a beautiful summer day. She is taking her baby, an umbrella, a book, a ball, and their turtle. Getting there proves to be quite an adventure. First, the young woman's car breaks down. Then each alternate form of transportation-a bus, a bicycle, a skateboard, a kayak, and a hot-air balloon-is unsuitable because one of the five items doesn't fit. Each time, readers must guess which one it is. Finally, a farmer with his horse and cart comes along and gives Roxanne and her entourage a lift. The writing is spare, yet the story flows seamlessly. The repeated phrase "But something couldn't go with them. What was it?" ties each adventure together and keeps readers wondering how Roxanne is going to get to her destination. The vivid illustrations convey all the effort and frustration that she experiences. Though on the surface the colorful pictures appear simple, details abound: a ladybug, the baby's pacifier, and the turtle, which on occasion is tied to Roxanne's head. This book also introduces the concepts of color (red, orange, yellow, green, and blue) and counting. Text and pictures mesh beautifully. Toddlers will love the uncomplicated story, while older preschoolers will be involved in guessing what must be left behind. An absolute delight.-Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
From the Publisher
""Text and picturs mesh beautifully. Toddlers will love the uncomplicated story, while older preschoolers will be involved in guessing what must be left behind. An absolute delight.""
- North-South Books, Inc.
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.83(w) x 11.64(h) x 0.36(d)
- Age Range:
- 3 - 6 Years
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