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All You Need for a Beach Hardcover – May 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Silver Whistle; 1 edition (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152167552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152167554
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,138,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-In the same playful, rhyming style as in this pair's All You Need for a Snowman (Harcourt, 2002), this story unfolds. "One grain of sand/like the smallest seed,/-that's all you need/for a beach!/Except for/-Trillions of grains of sand,/and EACH/is one small piece/of your very own beach!" Add to that sun, birds, water, balls, umbrellas, towels, lemonade, and "YOU!" Children will delight in the exuberance of the text and the vibrant illustrations that bring all of the sights, smells, and textures to life. The characters in the gouache-and-watercolor illustrations are similar to those in Snowman, but they have a wonderful, soft quality that perfectly conveys the hazy lazy joy of being at the shore. A good choice for reading aloud.
Genevieve Gallagher, Orange County Public Library, VA
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PreS. Reminiscent of William Blake's lines about finding the world in a grain of sand, All You Need for a Beach begins: "One grain of sand / like the smallest seed, / one tiny grain / that's all you need / for a beach!" Then come the words "EXCEPT FOR," which lead the way to a scene of a full beach: "five million other grains, / ten million more, / spread them all out on the sandy shore." Each successive spread adds things that make a beach complete--the sun, an umbrella, a towel, lemonade--ending with, "All you need for a beach is . . . YOU!" Schertle's infectious rhythm adds suspense with each turn of the page, and her joyful singsong rhymes are nicely matched by sun-baked watercolors of children and grown-ups, busy and blissed-out by the shore. Gillian Engberg
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
My kids will not let me put this book down whenever we read it. They want it again and again. It is very cute, rhymes, and has a little variety with some anticipation for what you find on the next page. The drawings are very colorful but not too detailed.
Highly recommend it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on July 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Have you ever wanted to make a beach. This book says all you need for a beach is sand! Then it goes on to tell you that you need millions and millions of grains for sand. Then you will need a sun, beach toys, lemanade and lots LOTS more! So instead of building your own beach you will have to pretend or go to the real beach!
The book keeps you guessing what will be on the next page. The pictures are alos fun to look at.
This book is excellent for young children and babies who have been or are going to the beach.
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My grandkids enjoyed this book much more after they been to the beach this summer. Before going to the beach this year they weren't really sure what it was about but I read it to them again when they came home and they it enjoyed much more.
I am lucky enough to have three grandchildren living with me and they are 4, 2 1/2, and 6 months. The toddlers like this book and I try to read to them as often as I can. I've bought other books from the same author and this is a good one. One of our favorites is "The Little Blue Truck" which can be read with a cadence and is by the same author, I believe.
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Cute book, but not one of our favorites. My 3 year old son tends to grab the construction books before this one. We keep it in rotation and he doesn't complain. But it's not a "go to" book.
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Our three year old grand daughter loves this book! She has lived for most of her young life near a Florida beach and now they are living near the beach in Hawaii. Her parents are in the Air Force. She is a voracious picture book reader from all of the Amazon children's books that I mail to her from Minnesota.............
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