To the Beach!

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It's a perfect day for swimming, building sand castles, and flying kites. But will this wacky family of seven ever make it to the beach? First they need to go back for Fido. Then there's the cooler full of soda. And what about Baby's beloved ducky pail? Even with all the things everyone has forgotten to bring, the unpredictable weather, and the stop-and-go traffic, this family's beach trip is sure to be the best yet. That is, if they (and all ...

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Overview

It's a perfect day for swimming, building sand castles, and flying kites. But will this wacky family of seven ever make it to the beach? First they need to go back for Fido. Then there's the cooler full of soda. And what about Baby's beloved ducky pail? Even with all the things everyone has forgotten to bring, the unpredictable weather, and the stop-and-go traffic, this family's beach trip is sure to be the best yet. That is, if they (and all their stuff) can get there!

A family keeps forgetting the things they need to take to the beach.

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Family Fun magazine - Linda Ashman
"This gentle satire of an outgoing gone awry doesn't forget to pack the laughs"
Family Fun magazine

"This gentle satire of an outgoing gone awry doesn''t forget to pack the laughs"

— Linda Ashman

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Mom, Dad, and their five youngsters are headed for the beach. However, little Katie can't go without Fido, Mama needs the beach umbrella, baby needs "Ducky pail," and Dad-. For each forgotten item, it's "Hit the brakes! Reverse the car!-Weave through cars. Avoid a crash.-tires screech!" Finally, when everything is retrieved and they are on their way, a storm hits. And, just when everyone and everything is safely in the garage, the sun reappears! Out come the beach chairs, the cooler, the wading pool, snacks, mud pies. So who needs a beach to play in the water and sun when you have a backyard? Rhyming text and bouncy and boldly colored illustrations in acrylic on watercolor paper capture the frenzy surrounding this hilarious, truly not-to-be-undone, fiercely determined to have a good time family. A rip-roaring fun read-aloud.-Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Huntsville, AL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Who ever remembers to bring all that is needed for a day at the beach? No one. However, this family is particularly inept. Set to Ashman's rhymes, they hit the road early, only to realize they forgot the dog. Home again. Back in the car, driving off, they discover they forgot the ball and net. Home. Away. What about the ducky pail? Home. Away. The beach umbrella? Home. Away. The cooler, tote, boat, kite, fishing gear? To and fro, until at last, thoroughly laden, on the road again, a thunderstorm squashes all ideas of sand and surf. Cruelly, even the traffic home is bad. What kid, or parent, won't identify with this tale of woe? Westcott's art ably captures the gathering frenzy, the unraveling of every nerve fiber. But Ashman's verse is so light of foot, readers will laugh rather than wince. The moral of the story: Live by a beach. Wouldn't it be nice? (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152164904
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 190L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

LINDA ASHMAN has written many acclaimed picture books, including Rub-a-Dub Sub, Starry Safari, and Babies on the Go. She grew up near the Atlantic coast, and spent many years by the Pacific, but now lives far from the beach in Denver, Colorado.

NADINE BERNARD WESTCOTT 's fun and vivacious illustrations have appeared in numerous books for children, including the Farmer Brown series by Teri Sloat, the Mrs. McNosh books by Sarah Weeks, and Hello Toes! Hello Feet! by Ann Whitford Paul. She lives near the beach on Nantucket, Massachusetts.

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