Miranda's Beach Day

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What makes a perfect beach day?

Seagulls squawking through the sky. A crab carrying his house. And Miranda and her friends, building a castle out of sand.

But at the end of a day at the beach, the seagulls go back to their nests, the crab goes back to the sea, the castle goes back to the sand . . . and Miranda goes back to Mama, who wraps her up in a hug when it's time to go ...

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Overview

What makes a perfect beach day?

Seagulls squawking through the sky. A crab carrying his house. And Miranda and her friends, building a castle out of sand.

But at the end of a day at the beach, the seagulls go back to their nests, the crab goes back to the sea, the castle goes back to the sand . . . and Miranda goes back to Mama, who wraps her up in a hug when it's time to go home. Because Miranda and Mama will always belong to each other.

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Editorial Reviews

ALA Booklist
“Watercolor and collagraph (printed collage) illustrations featuring large expanses of sand and sky…give this a peaceful feel in keeping with the comforting message of the text. Details, such as the salty sand sticking to the child’s skin, allow small children to vicariously enjoy a quiet beach day with Miranda.”
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Mama takes Miranda to the beach on a hot summer day. Miranda watches the seagulls, wiggles her toes in the sand, swishes in the waves, and builds a sand castle for a small crab. A boy and his little sister come to help make "the best castle ever" for the crab, but the crab runs back to the sea as the waves make an island of the castle and then wash it away. Mama reassures Miranda that they will come again and make another castle for the crab, but, she notes, "…the crab will always belong to the sea." "The way the castle belongs to the sand?" asks Miranda. "Yes," says her mother. "And the way you belong to me." The simple story ends with the warmth of love. The sunny scene of land, sea, and sky is set on wide double pages. The figures are stylized, simplified, with dot-eyed faces. A few decorative beach umbrellas add to the appeal. The crab is attractive; even stronger are the impressions made by the fanciful wavelets breaking on the shore like strands of unraveling fabrics. The author/artist devotes a final page to an illustrated explanation of her process of making the printed collages she painted with watercolors and used for the waves, clothes, and umbrellas. Six different patterns are seen on the back jacket/cover. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

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A child spends a hot summer day at the beach with her mother. With a new friend she builds a huge sandcastle and puts a crab inside. Soon a big wave washes away the castle, and the crab scurries off into the water. Her mother explains that the castle belongs to the sand and the crab to the sea, "just the way you belong to me." Attractive illustrations in watercolors and printed collages on well-designed spreads capture the children's activities and the vastness of the sand and sea. This is a disarmingly simple and reassuring selection for the youngest listeners.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY

Kirkus Reviews
Prolific author/illustrator Keller presents a lovely picture book that incorporates a tiny bit of science into a comforting theme of belonging. Miranda bathes in the water, sees a hermit crab, builds a castle for him, watches seagulls and becomes predictably upset when the ocean obliterates the castle. Her mother lovingly ties things up for the girl by assuring her of the inherent connections between crab and sea, castle and sand, birds and air, and, most importantly, the child and her mother. The reassuring and simple message provides a circular momentum to the book. The watercolor-and-printed-collage illustrations are an apt combination for showing the day Miranda and her mother share at the ocean. Breezy patterns and interesting color combinations add movement and depth to the pictures. The depiction of ocean waves is particularly interesting, foam and water layered for depth and texture. On the last page the author explains, with photographs, the collage techniques she used. Recommended for all collections. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061582981
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 647,142
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.60 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Holly Keller is the creator of many popular books for children, including the Horace books, Farfallina & Marcel, and Help! In applauding her work, School Library Journal noted that she is "an author/artist who truly understands children." Holly Keller lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

Holly Keller is the creator of many popular books for children, including the Horace books, Farfallina & Marcel, and Help! In applauding her work, School Library Journal noted that she is "an author/artist who truly understands children." Holly Keller lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

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  • Posted June 18, 2013

    Very sweet simple story about a Mama and her little girl. My 3 a

    Very sweet simple story about a Mama and her little girl. My 3 and 4 year old love it as a before bedtime read.

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