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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books; Big edition (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439687853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439687850
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 10 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3–As the day begins, the beach is empty, waiting to be filled. Cooper opens with a gorgeous stretch of sand in sun-flecked, amber-white watercolors, bounded by a sea so darkly blue that it seems still half-asleep. In the following pages, he tells the story, mainly in detailed splashes of paint, of the people and things that transform the quiet area into a lively spot. Readers will enjoy the affectionate portraits of swimmers, kite-flyers, sunbathers, seagulls, and barking dogs. A struggle with an inner tube or a beach umbrella, the people who go into the water but forget that they are still wearing their glasses, the clouds that look like spilled popcorn: here, as in life, it's the little things that snag readers' attention. Cooper's portrayal of a day at the shore is generous with such minutiae; his fondness for his subject is evident and infectious. As the beach once again empties at the end of the story, it's tempting to return to the first page, to a hundred possible activities at the shore–none of which is more earthshaking than a toppled sandcastle.–Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
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K-Gr. 2. Cooper creates a paean to the pleasures of a day spent near, on, and in the water. Generous double-page spreads, which extend a full 20 inches across, convey an expansive sense of the sand and sky, and show the beach as it fills with bathers engaged in a variety of activities. Even the sky becomes crowded as clouds roll in. The pleasantly fluid watercolors, given definition by thin brush lines, work better on the panoramic double-page spreads than on pages with multiple vignettes, which, despite brief descriptive captions, lack enriching details. Even so, the book successfully evokes the fun and feeling of a day at the beach and the myriad things that can and do happen at the shore. Use this with John Burningham's humorous Time to Come Away from the Water, Shirley (1977). John Warren Stewig
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More About the Author

Elisha is the award-winning author "Farm," "A Good Night Walk," and "Homer." "Beach" won the 2006 Society of Illustrators Gold Medal. "Dance!" was a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year. His adult books include "A Year in New York" and the memoir "Crawling: A Father's First Year." He lives with his family in New York.

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This book is now begging to be read aloud.
E. R. Bird
Elisha Cooper's BEACH captures a day at the beach using a picturebook pairing of lovely poetic text and realistic drawings.
Midwest Book Review
I got this book out the library for my son who is soon to turn 7.
Barbara J. French

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Recently I've been shying away from reviewing picture books. Not out of any particular dislike of them, of course. I just hadn't run across one recently that really whet my whistle. Earlier in the year I heard some librarians commenting on the various picture books of 2006 that struck them as particularly fine. One title that cropped up was Elisha Cooper's, "Beach". I'd seen the cover before and there wasn't much there to lead me to think of it as a strong contender for awards. Pretty cover, yes. Oh, the same author as created "Magic Thinks Big"? Nice, nice. Big format, so that's enjoyable. With all these thoughts sloshing about in my head, it wasn't really until I was on my lunch break one day that I thought to go ahead and, oh I don't know, pick it up and read it. I found myself charmed. Utterly and wholly charmed. I'm not saying "Beach" is gonna totally blow away all your conceptions of what a beach picture book constitutes. I'm just saying that alongside David Wiesner's, "Flotsam", and Chris Gall's, "Dear Fish", there has never been a better time for shore-related picture book fare.

Open the book and we've a two-page spread of an empty beach, blue sky above, water stretching far into the distance. Says the book cheerily, "Away to the beach! Away to sand and salt water, to rolling dunes and pounding waves". Turn the page and three separate images of the beach meet your eye. In each one, more and more people crop up. This section is without text. Turn the page again then. Twelve small scenarios are here, each one showing different people settling into their beachgoing routines. They're all familiar. The people who inch into the water a miniscule centimeter at a time. Or the person who inflates a large inner tube...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joshua P. Spanogle on August 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I think my favorite thing about this book is the way it evokes, rather than dictates, a mood. It does this through its spare prose, sure. (The author is a very precise writer). More, though, it conveys mood through the watercolors. Some are complex, some are simple. Some are enormous (even bigger, it seems, than the pages of this already big book). Neither the pictures nor the prose push me around, they just let me be--soaking in the colors, the forms, the mood. Cooper really does have a great sense of color, by the way.

I don't have children, so I can't suggest whether it's the best kids' book. But I will say that, as an adult, I really do appreciate how sublime (definitely not a kids' word) the book is.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
One of the most beautifully illustrated books I've seen in the past few years, I still have to give "Beach" a small demerit for the frustratingly small mini-pictures of beach activites. Otherwise this is just a gorgeous, well written paeon to everything beachy, with impressionistic panoramas and straightforward sentences that get to the heart of the beach scene.

The delicately shaded, bright watercolors capture place, people, and movement like few other picture books. The book unfolds just as a day at the beach might, as people gather and populate the beach, so do clouds and birds, waves and umbrellas. The books engulfs you with these pictures, inviting you to play with the cloud images and the various activities both in and out of the water. You can smell it. You can taste it. Even though the content and style of the pictures has a slightly 1960's feeling to it, the images are transcendant, and their quality gives this "classic" status.

I'll return to that one misgiving. Every few pages, Cooper crowds some very small pictures onto one page. These unframed pictures have plenty of white space around them--the problem is they're just too small. Toddlers and older small fry may have trouble distinguishing some of the activities (especially if they're unfamiliar with water activities), and just forget about these pages in group settings. I'd suggest holding the panoramas high for everyone to see, with an invitation to view the "little pictures" later. (Alternately, you could photocopy those pages and hand then out to prevent sharing difficulties!)

Some of my fondest memories (and one frightening one) are of the beaches where I grew up, and I've never lived more than 20 miles away from the coast.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barbara J. French on January 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I got this book out the library for my son who is soon to turn 7. Each summer when spend a week at the beach and this book captured perfectly so many of the things we have experienced. The only thing missing was a passing ferry boat (we go to an island off the New England coast), but both my son and I could easily imagine seeing one in the distant of the lovely sketches.

I've asked his grandmother to get this book for him for his birthday. It is a treasure!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. B. Price on August 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
With its large format, keenly observed, beautifully rendered, marvelous images, that manage to be at once acute, pared down, witty, and satisfyingly accurate--and many acute appreciations of what goes on at a day at the beach--from calm to crashing waves, a woman struggling to change her clothes under a towel, to the small marine creatures to be seen, this book is a joy and old-fashioned in the sense that the excellence of its watercolor and pencil drawings may be studied repeatedly and pored over by sophisticated adult and thoughtful child alike.
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