Let's Go to the Beach: A History of Sun and Fun by the Sea

Let's Go to the Beach: A History of Sun and Fun by the Sea

by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk

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Let's Go to the Beach: A History of Sun and Fun by the Sea by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk

An intriguing exploration of a favorite pastime — a trip to the beach.

"One night in 1883, David Bradley's candy stand was swamped by a storm. Not one to take a direct hit from adversity, the next day he decided to call his candy salt water taffy. Although the taffy's been dry ever since, the name has stuck for the past hundred years."

Did you know that women once wore corsets under their bathing suits (all drowning risks aside)? Or that beach-goers donned everything from wings to webbed gloves in hopes of learning how to swim? Or that hotel entrepreneurs lured wealthy customers to their seaside resorts with breakfast serenades from a forty-piece orchestra?

From the bathhouses of the ancient Greeks to Muscle Beach and Coney Island, Let's Go to the Beach takes a historical, sociological, and geographical look at beaches and their attant customs. With humor and intelligence, and a fascinating collection of-black-and- white photographs, Elizabeth Van Steenwyk offers up an impressive overview of one of the world's greatest pastimes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805062359
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date: 06/15/2001
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 7.58(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 9 - 15 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth Van Steenwyk has written more than twenty books for young readers. The recipient of the Texas Bluebonnet Award and Vermont's Rebecca Caudill Award, Elizabeth lives in San Marino, California with her family.

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