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Wave
     

Wave

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by Suzy Lee
 

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In this evocative wordless book, internationally acclaimed artist Suzy Lee tells the story of a little girl's day at the beach. Stunning in their simplicity, Lee's illustrations, in just two shades of watercolor, create a vibrant story full of joy and laughter.

New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book 2008

Overview

In this evocative wordless book, internationally acclaimed artist Suzy Lee tells the story of a little girl's day at the beach. Stunning in their simplicity, Lee's illustrations, in just two shades of watercolor, create a vibrant story full of joy and laughter.

New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book 2008

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KIRKUS REVIEWS, STARRED REVIEW
Simply spectacular.

THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
In a story of small events, Lee portrays a universal childhood experience of carefree adventure. She evokes the little girl's un-self-conscious joy and elicits tender amusement from the reader.

SHELF AWARENESS
In 40 wordless pages, Lee captures the fascination, awe and ongoing sense of wonder that the ocean inspires in each of us, no matter how old.

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, STARRED REVIEW
perfectly captures a child\'s day at the beach . A simple, well-crafted story of friendship.

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, STARRED REVIEW
A book whose rewards multiply with rereading.

Becca Zerkin
I am in love with a nameless little girl made of charcoal dust. She is the sparingly drawn heroine of Wave, Suzy Lee's wordless picture book about a day at the beach, and she bursts from the page with vitality…In a story of small events, Lee, a Korean-born author living in Singapore, portrays a universal childhood experience of carefree adventure. She evokes the little girl's un-self-conscious joy and elicits tender amusement from the reader.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

Lee's (The Zoo) wordless two-color picture book will charm even readers who have never seen the postwar classics her work explicitly recalls. In it, a mostly solitary girl, conjured with a few broad charcoal strokes, encounters the ocean, all watery splashes and splatters of blue. Lee's spreads of the beach are drawn and painted in black, white and gray on matte pages; the waves are sloshed on with aqua. Dueling textures-dry charcoal, wet paint strokes-mirror the silent conversation between the girl and the waves. The girl, hanging back at first, grows bolder, taunts an enormous wave, disappears under a burst of salt water, emerges drenched, and discovers the gifts the wave leaves behind. Her stick-straight hair beguiles; her expressions morph from suspicion to resolve to joy. The ocean is alive, too, with its own range of feelings; tranquil ripples, flamenco-like explosions of spray, spatters of foam. The book's oblong shape gives Lee a dramatic expanse of beach to work with, almost like a stage; five seagulls form a Greek chorus, advancing and retreating together with the girl. A book whose rewards multiply with rereading. All ages. (June)

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Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
This beautifully illustrated, wordless picture book will serve as a wonderful starting point for story and language development for young children. Older youngsters should also enjoy making up a story to go with the pictures. The charcoal/acrylic drawings use black, grey, and blue to narrate a little girl's encounter with the ocean's waves at the beach. Her body language and facial expressions draw us into her increasingly bold actions with the water. On one page she even sticks out her tongue at an approaching wave while the seabirds fly rapidly away. But the sea is not to be mocked and suddenly the child is completely engulfed by a huge wave. Her confused and bedraggled appearance is perfectly executed, only to be rapidly replaced with wonderment as she discovers what is left behind—lovely shells, starfish, and pebbles. Soon her mother appears and it is time to reluctantly say goodbye and head for home. An added bonus is found on the endpapers that depict numerous treasures to be found on the beach. This can lead to further exploration in order to identify what is pictured. Definitely add this to the first purchase list. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3- Lee's wordless picture book perfectly captures a child's day at the beach. Followed by a flock of seagulls, a girl runs delightedly to where waves break on the shore. She surveys the sea and together they begin a silent dance. She chases it as it recedes, runs from it as it surges, splashes in it when it calms, taunts it as it rises, and finally succumbs to it crashing down upon her and discovers what treasures the waves can bring. A panoramic trim size beautifully supports the expansiveness of the beach, and Lee uses the gutter to effectively represent the end of the shoreline-until the girl crosses that line. Loosely rendered charcoal and acrylic images curl and flow like water and reflect playfulness, especially in the facial and bodily expressions of the child and seagulls. The use of blue in an otherwise gray-toned world calls attention to the ocean, which rivals the girl as a main character in this story. Wave is best shared in small groups for the younger set, but also suited for solitary enjoyment by older children. A simple, well-crafted story of friendship.-Kim T. Ha, Elkridge Branch Library, MD

Kirkus Reviews
Five gulls and a little girl play with the tide in this beach adventure that lacks text but provides plot aplenty. Nineteen beautiful blue-and-gray 24" x 7" acrylic-and-charcoal illustrations tell the story sublimely. A line of birds follows the barefoot girl to the edge of the shore, and the gently rolling tide chases all six of them several feet up the beach. A dance begins; forward, back. The composition uses the gutter to great effect, placing the gray-sketched girl and gulls on the left-hand page while the liquid blue ocean laps ever closer on the right. The girl splashes and plays in the shallow waters, birds swirling in the sky above her. Then a huge wave rears up and tumbles over her. For a minute, she's stunned, then awestruck and excited to find the beach littered with beautiful shells that weren't there before, blue ocean saturating gray land. Gulls in the sky react happily as well, wheeling against the now-azure sky. When mother comes to fetch her, the girl gives the ocean a secret wave goodbye. Simply spectacular. (Picture book. 3-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811859240
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
04/16/2008
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
103,223
Product dimensions:
7.25(w) x 12.37(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 18 Years

Meet the Author

Suzy Lee's books have been published and exhibited worldwide. She wrote and illustrated The Black Bird, Mirror, La Revanche des Lapins, and Alice in Wonderland. Born in Seoul, Korea, she currently lives and works in Singapore.

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Wave 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
jacki-jo More than 1 year ago
I love this book!  Having grown up at the beach and then having children and grandchildren, I appreciate the way this author / illustrator  captures  the relationship between a reticent  young child and the playful return of each wave. I see my own granddaughter and her mother on the beach in this book and my 2 year old granddaughter thinks this book was written about her. It's a "must have" book if you have ever been lucky enough to dip your toes in the ocean. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Children and parents should read "wave" together. Wave is a book that help children to become imagination and thinking skills.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 3 & 5 year olds adore this book. We love to visit the beach, so watching the little girl in this story experience all the emotions of stepping out into the water, closer & closer each time. A little cautious, fearless, soggy & appreciative of the lovely shell treasures that the mighty ocean has left for her & the gulls. A great way to foster imaginative storytelling, observe details & emotions & remember good times at the shore.
GinaRosaMarie More than 1 year ago
Any child who has been to the beach can relate to playing tag with the tide. A great story any child can enjoy with the wordless pages. I especially liked the effect of the blue for the water on the otherwise black and white drawn illustrations.