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From Publishers Weekly

Young readers will be searching for flip-flops and sunscreen upon finishing this kicky look at a summer day spent at the shore. In her picture book debut, Roosa serves up myriad salty, sandy and sunny images in bouncy verse. ("High clouds flurry,/ Sand crabs scurry--/ Hungry swimmers/ In a hurry!/ Chicken legs,/ Deviled eggs.../ What a banquet!/ Seagull begs.") From building sandcastles to romping in the surf and enjoying a beach blanket feast, Roosa incorporates all the fun things that families do on a beach-vacation day that stretches from morning to twilight. Smith (This Is Your Garden) matches Roosa's joyful tone step for step, depicting families of every size, shape and color, donning all manner of bright bathing suits, sun hats and cover-ups. A rainbow of sand toys, towels, beach umbrellas and coolers dot the dunes and the beach itself like colored pebbles. Smiling children and kind-faced adults (and a couple of playful pooches) make use of every part of nature's playground; sailors and kite-fliers in the background further extend the energetic on-the-sand and in-the-water scenes. All told, this book will have the whole family hankering for a day by the water. Ages 3-6.

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PreS-Gr 2-Delighted families rush onto the beach. Parents and children water-ski, bury themselves in the sand, splash and cavort in the water, play ball, and build colossal sand castles. Gliding over heads and swirling under feet, the rhyming text is well complemented by Smith's jubilant and frolicsome pictures. The excitement and enthusiasm of the day are perfectly captured by the artist's bright, lively watercolors and the author's active, playful text. Pair this with Marie-Louise Gay's Stella, Star of the Sea (Groundwood, 1999) and Silvia Francia's Roberta's Vacation (Kane/Miller, 1998) for a swimmingly fine storytime.-Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL

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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (March 19, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618029230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618029235
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Redding on September 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have never reviewed a book before! Ever! Until now that is. I purchased this book at my local childrens book store before my ... daughters first trip to the beach. That was in July and it is now September and my daughter still LOVES this book after almost daily readings. She looks for it daily and constantly mutters "beach day" as she looks around the house for where she last left it. lol Do yourself a favor and get this "gem" of a book. I have read it to her so many times she can read most of it along with me. This is one book I never get tired of reading to her either. Just a great book!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anthony D. Fredericks on November 4, 2001
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This is truly a magical book - full of fun and full of whimsical and delightful illustrations. A perfect read-aloud book, the spirited text will keep young listeners captivated and begging for many readings. Karen Roosa has created a book that should be part of every home and classroom library. In a word - Fantastic!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 2, 2006
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This book is as much fun to read when your front yard is covered with snowdrifts as it is when the temperature is soaring! I began borrowing this book from the library in mid-December when my daughter was 2 1/2. Since then we have reached the renewal limit on this book a number of times. It is always a pleasure to find a children's book whose illustrations and text are equally appealing as happens in Beach Day. Maggie Smith's delightful, detailed watercolors will capture your child's imagination and inspire them to look at the book over and over. Karen Roosa's poetic text captures the essence of a day at the beach with lines such as "Waves roar, rush and soar, rolling crashing to the shore" and "Noon light, shimmers bright, in the distance, hot and white". I knew I needed to buy my own copy when I heard my daughter (now 3) reciting verses from Beach Day while playing in her swimming pool. This book is a must-have for any child's library.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 8, 2002
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I'll be honest with you - I bought this book for me! The rhyme and watercolors are truly a magical combination. What a great start for a first time author! The best part is that my two year old loves it just as much as I do!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Glaberson on September 28, 2008
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The Children's Book, Beach Day, is an excellent book for children. The illustrations are so rich that the reader can talk a great deal just about the pictures without even reading the text. We have other books by this author and they are consistently fantastic!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on January 3, 2002
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We checked this book out from the library and my 19 month-old daughter LOVES it!! (So now I am buying it) She wants to read it again and again and referred to it when we went to the ocean recently! The illustrations are cheerful, multi-cultural and fun. The text is rhythmic and enjoyable to read aloud. (Also, I couldn't find it in the brick and mortar book stores) This book about a day at the beach is a fun read for toddlers!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Cybul on February 21, 2006
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Don't forget to pack this book when you head to the beach. The illustrations are beautiful and the sing songy text will lull little ones like the waves do grown-ups. Enjoy! It's our favorite beach book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Great Kid Books on July 13, 2009
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This is a perfect summer book for preschoolers, as happy families rush onto the beach to play, picnic and have fun. The poetry is gentle and short, full of wonderful rhythm and rhymes. I particularly liked how the poetry was accessible to young listeners, giving them the sense of poetry but in a way that reminded them of things they love. Here are the opening lines as the family arrives at the beach:

"Waves roar,
Rush, and soar!
Rolling, crashing to the shore."

The illustrations in Beach Day draw you in, reminding you of all the things you love about the beach. My five-year old especially loved the illustrations - I think she liked all the children and families, the action and fun in the paintings, and the rich colors of the scenes. I was happy to note the wide range of ethnic backgrounds of families at the beach. One note from this California girl, this beach definitely is an East Coast beach - no fog or chilly winds here! Full sun and bentle waves at this beach, for a perfect family outing.

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