Children's Literature - Quinby FrankThe next best thing to a day at the beach is to open this glorious collection of photographs. Each photograph captures one of the senses (sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste), as a multicultural group of young people enjoy all the pleasures of sand, sea, and sun from early morning until sunset. This eye-catching mix of still and action shots prove what a camera can do in the hands of a master. The reader instinctively ducks as the sparkling waves crash on the shore. Rotner randomly mixes the order of senses to prevent monotony. The children are caught in large close-up shots which enhance the sensual textural effects, and the vibrant colors are truly spectacular, especially the deep blue of the background sky contrasting with the bright clothes and foods. Three double page spreads accentuate the action of running children and a young girl flying a kite. The colors of the text echo and integrate well with the pictures. Effective use of light and shadow is particularly evident in a shot of a boy holding a seagull feather, and a piece of slimy seaweed leaping out in a shimmering emerald green. Taste the corn and watermelon, smell the fish, and enjoy a vicarious seashore adventure.
School Library JournalPreS-Gr 2-Rotner has created a wonderful book with minimal text ("Taste a fruity pop. See a kite flying high") and glorious, full-bleed color photographs that evoke the sights, the smells, the sounds, and the look of things at the beach. Children are shown eating watermelon, listening to a seashell, running along the shore at sunset, and so on. A fisherman and his catch are depicted, as are fluffy clouds and crashing waves, and the gritty sand. Children who have never been to the beach may not be as thrilled with this title as those who have, but the message regarding how we use our senses comes across effortlessly.-Cynde Suite, Bartow County Library System, Adairsville, GA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus ReviewsSay what you will about the seashore, it is a stimulating place, a sensual extravaganza. You can revel in the surf, feel the misery of sand in your suit, listen to the roar of a seashell or gag at a waft from a drying bed of seaweed. Rotner is a partisan of the seashore and her gorgeous color photographs are transportingly sharp. All of the children in these pages are having a good time (even if the seaweed stinks), and their senses are getting a serious workout. The format is simple and direct: a bright picture, an uncomplicated caption. "Touch the cold water" or "Smell the fresh fish," for instance. Not a remarkable degree of originality-at a rather high price-but in its very ingenuousness, it agreeably gets the job done for a young audience. To every sense, there is a provocation at Rotner's seashore. (Picture book. 3-6)
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