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How Will We Get to the Beach?

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One beautiful summer day Roxanne decides to go to the beach. She loads up the car with everything she wants to take with her: the turtle/ the umbrella/ the book of wonderful stories/ the ball/ and/ of course/ her baby. But the car won't start. Undaunted, Roxanne decides to take the bus to the beach. But something can't go on the bus. Whenever Roxanne comes up with a new way to get to the beach she discovers she must leave something behind-and children will have great fun ...

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Overview

One beautiful summer day Roxanne decides to go to the beach. She loads up the car with everything she wants to take with her: the turtle/ the umbrella/ the book of wonderful stories/ the ball/ and/ of course/ her baby. But the car won't start. Undaunted, Roxanne decides to take the bus to the beach. But something can't go on the bus. Whenever Roxanne comes up with a new way to get to the beach she discovers she must leave something behind-and children will have great fun guessing just what's missing each time.

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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
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
It'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
School Library Journal
PreS-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.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735817838
  • Publisher: North-South Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/6/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 36
  • Sales rank: 175,529
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.46 (w) x 11.26 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Luciani was born in Hannover, Germany and lives in France with her husband and three children.

Knister lives in Germany.

Eve Tharlet lives in France.

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  • Posted July 11, 2013

    I just love Roxanne in this book. She is so scattered, a bit dis

    I just love Roxanne in this book. She is so scattered, a bit disheveled and, yet, so chic and quintessentially French. Alas, despite my French middle name, I am only scattered and disheveled. When I go to the beach, I, like Roxanne, take along five items. We have one item in common -- the little boy -- but then my list becomes quite prosaic, with items like suntan lotion, snacks, towels and a pail. Her list is much more interestingly and logistically challenging. 
    It's great fun to see her different modes of transportation and to see which item cannot go to the beach with her for each mode. The illustrations only add to the fun. Happily, she does make it to the beach with all five items and has a wonderful time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2007

    Delightful

    My 4yr old loves this book. It is an easy flowing read. He loves to point out the cute red lady bug that is found on every page. We've read it every night for the last two weeks. We are looking forward to her other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2006

    Great Read Aloud

    This book is terrific for reading aloud to a group of young children or just one-on- one. It's interesting that even after several times through, some children still struggle with figuring which one is NOT there. The concept of 'what's missing' is useful for young children learning to understand how the text of a book goes along with the pictures.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2003

    My three-year old granddaughter loves this book!

    Both she and I found this book enchanting. The pictures are large and detailed with soft, pleasing colors. Each page reveals a surprise as Roxanne tries to get to the beach without leaving anything behind. We have read it numerous times together with great pleasure. She enjoys trying to guess what's missing on each of Roxanne's attempts.

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