Magic Beach: A Special 20th Anniversary Edition

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A special hardcover edition of a beloved beach book, featuring a pull-out frieze to pin up
 

Filled with fun rhymes and make-believe stories, this wonderfully illustrated children's tale offers an imaginative view of a beach that includes swimming, surfing, and splashing. Imagine a perfect beach where you can swim, surf, splash through the waves, make sandcastles, hunt for treasures, explore rock-pools, muck about in boats, fish from ...

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Overview

A special hardcover edition of a beloved beach book, featuring a pull-out frieze to pin up
 

Filled with fun rhymes and make-believe stories, this wonderfully illustrated children's tale offers an imaginative view of a beach that includes swimming, surfing, and splashing. Imagine a perfect beach where you can swim, surf, splash through the waves, make sandcastles, hunt for treasures, explore rock-pools, muck about in boats, fish from the jetty, and build a bonfire under the stars. Imagine a beach where adventure begins. From sand castles and rock pools to boats and fish, the realistic scenes evoke images of a summer day along the waterfront where anything can happen.

Illustrations and rhyming text celebrate the real and imagined activities young beachgoers enjoy.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The lucid, beautifully observed illustrations here are outstanding: a splendid evocation of summers past and summers still to come."  —Kirkus Reviews
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-- The pleasures of ordinary events turn into extraordinary adventures in this rhyming tale of a child's imaginative view of a beach vacation. With just the flip of a page, splashing waves tranform into wild, white horses to ride; a sandcastle becomes the scene of a princess's daring rescue of her brother from the clutches of a flame-spitting dragon; searching for driftwood : and shells leads to the discovery of a chest of glistening treasure. This Australian import features pastel watercolor illustrations of beachcombers with highly stylized faces. Each page is bordered by appropriate sea motifs taken from a detail within the main illustration. The real-life activities are depicted on page-and-a-half spreads while their imaginary counterparts are presented as rounded mind's-eye views. The illustrations both suit the mood and reinforce the verse. As with Peter Spier's Dreams (Doubleday, 1986), Magic Beach could serve well as an inspiration for creative writing and classroom drama, encouraging students to create fanciful stories from everyday ideas. A delightful addition to picture book collections. --Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, Wheeler School, Providence, RI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781742373126
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited
  • Publication date: 1/9/2012
  • Edition description: Anniversar
  • Edition number: 20
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,011,636
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Alison Lester is the well-known creator of many popular and award-winning children's books, including Are We There Yet?The Circus HorseThe Silver Horse Switch, and The Snow Pony. She is also the author of the board books Bibs and Boots, Bumping and Bouncing, Crashing and Splashing, and Happy and Sad.

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