Where Is Baby's Beach Ball?: A Lift-the-Flap Book

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It's summertime, and Baby is looking for the beach ball—but where can it be? Little ones can lift the large, sturdy flaps in this board book to reveal pretty seashells, crawly crabs, and more! Babies will love this interactive adventure!

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Overview

It's summertime, and Baby is looking for the beach ball—but where can it be? Little ones can lift the large, sturdy flaps in this board book to reveal pretty seashells, crawly crabs, and more! Babies will love this interactive adventure!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
There are big flaps for little hands in this board book that is set on a warm summer day. Baby and her family have headed out to the seashore. Baby is looking for her beach ball. Is it behind the umbrella? No, but she does find a collection of shells. Baby looks in her mother's beach bag, behind a boat and a sand castle. The beach ball is not in the water, but other interesting things are there and part of baby's world. They are nearly all reprised in the final scene when baby eventually finds her missing ball. The bright, bold illustrations will appeal to young readers and the illogic of finding an octopus or flying fish won't really matter as kids learn a bit about things they might expect to see on a beach outing. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416949626
  • Publisher: Little Simon
  • Publication date: 5/5/2009
  • Pages: 14
  • Sales rank: 108,252
  • Age range: 1 - 4 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 7.36 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Katz has

written and

illustrated more

than forty picture

books and

novelty books,

including her

bestselling Where Is Baby’s Belly

Button? for Little Simon. She

splits her time between

Manhattan and Saugerties, New

York, with her husband and

daughter.

Biography

From painting and sculpture to quiltmaking and costume design, Karen Katz has been making art in one form or another all her life. But it was not until she and her husband adopted a baby from Guatemala that she considered a career in children's books. Published in 1997, her debut picture book, Over the Moon, told the story of one adoptive family's happy beginnings in a country far away. Since then, Katz has gone on to create many award-winning picture, board, and novelty books that capture the joys of childhood in simple storylines, vibrant colors, and winsome illustrations. Some include count-down elements (Counting Kisses, Ten Tiny Tickles) or interactive features (Where Is Baby's Belly Button?, Peek-A-Baby); still others introduce holiday traditions (My First Kwanzaa, My First Chinese New Year) or reinforce good habits, manners, or behavior (Excuse Me!, No Biting!, I Can Share).

Perhaps the secret to Katz's success (besides the undeniable appeal of her signature round-headed babies!) can be summed up in this quote taken directly from the author/artist's website: "When an idea for a story pops into my head, I ask these questions: Will a child want to read this book? Will parents want to read this book with their children? Will this book make a child laugh? Will this book make a parent and child feel something? Is there something visual here that will hold a child's interest? Will a child see something in a different way after reading this book? If the answer to any of those questions is 'yes,' then I know I'm on the right track."

Good To Know

Katz explains the difference between designing picture books and board books in this way:
Picture books usually have more words in them but they tell more of a narrative story. Board books are usually simpler. They are generally 6 spreads and are about one concept. When I create a board book, I try to make something that is very interactive for the baby, with flaps and pull tabs and lots of surprises. Board books are a perfect size for a baby's hand to hold and touch. Babies can have an experience all by them selves with a good board book and can also have a good lap-time experience with a mommy or daddy or caregiver. Picture books take a little more care since the pages can rip. With a board book, you can throw it in a stroller, chew on the corners and even wipe off mashed peas.

Katz has received numerous awards for her work, including:

  • Smithsonian, People, and Parent Guide magazines Best Books designation, all 1997, all for Over the Moon
  • Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award nomination, Florida Reading Association Award nomination, and Child magazine Best Book designation, all 2000, all for The Colors of Us
  • National Parenting Publications Gold Award, and Child magazine Best Book designation, both 2001, and Bank Street School Books Committee Best Book designation, 2002, all for Counting Kisses
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award, 2002, for Counting Kisses and Twelve Hats for Lena.
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      1. Education:
        Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia; Yale Graduate School of Art and Architecture
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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 15, 2009

      hehe i love this book!!

      i think this book is very good for children that don't have a clue what they want to be when they grow up. this book is good if you love romances and babies from all over the world will love this!! its a book of happy joy that spreads from the tips of your toes to the end of your nose! please buy this for your baby!! (if you dont, you are an awful parent and you dont deserve to have a child)

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