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To the Beach! Hardcover – May 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 190L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books (May 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152164901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152164904
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 9.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,278,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3–Mom, Dad, and their five youngsters are headed for the beach. However, little Katie can't go without Fido, Mama needs the beach umbrella, baby needs "Ducky pail," and Dad…. For each forgotten item, it's "Hit the brakes! Reverse the car!…Weave through cars. Avoid a crash.…tires screech!" Finally, when everything is retrieved and they are on their way, a storm hits. And, just when everyone and everything is safely in the garage, the sun reappears! Out come the beach chairs, the cooler, the wading pool, snacks, mud pies. So who needs a beach to play in the water and sun when you have a backyard? Rhyming text and bouncy and boldly colored illustrations in acrylic on watercolor paper capture the frenzy surrounding this hilarious, truly not-to-be-undone, fiercely determined to have a good time family. A rip-roaring fun read-aloud.–Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Huntsville, AL
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From Booklist

PreS. As bright as a box of Popsicles, this sunny picture book puts a lighthearted spin on a day of family chaos. Packed into a minivan, a large family heads for the beach, but the dog has been left behind. Circling back for Fido is only the first of a series of return trips for forgotten items--until a rainstorm hits, and the family returns home for good. An upbeat ending finds the family cheerfully re-creating its beach day by sunbathing on the lawn. The short, rhyming text scans with an easy bouncing beat as it maintains the story's stop-and-go tension: ^B"That was it! / We're packed at last. / We're on the highway, moving fast! / . . . Oh, no . . . / A thunder crack . . . A sudden storm! / We're turning back." Wescott's ink-and-watercolor pictures extend the comical pandemonium in the car, with detailed rear-window views of wild siblings and the roof's precarious tower of beach loot. Pair this perfect warm-weather read-aloud with Phyllis Root's Rattletrap Car (2001), another story of a family outing gone hilariously awry. Gillian Engberg
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More About the Author

Linda Ashman's children's books have been named to the "best of the year" lists of the New York Times, Parenting Magazine, Child Magazine, New York Public Library, the Bank Street College of Education, the IRA/CBC and more. She lives in Chapel Hill, NC with her husband, son, and their two dogs.

For more information about Linda's books, including "The Nuts and Bolts Guide to Writing Picture Books," visit www.howtowritepicturebooks.com or www.lindaashman.com.

Photo credit: Amy Stern Photography, Chapel Hill, NC

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Tucker on January 12, 2008
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I ordered this to read to my children's elementary school classes on parent-reader day. I think the story is kinda silly but not as humorous as a magazine review made it sound. The kids seemed to enjoy it, however, and that's what is important!
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By C. Hines on October 29, 2009
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My sons(ages 2 and 4) absolutely adore this book. My aunt borrowed it for us (along with a stack of other great books) from the library while we were visiting her at the beach. I was more than happy to leave this book behind as I was so sick of reading it...BUT when your kids love a book this much, you really should add it to their personal library -- afterall books that capture a child's imagination helps encourage a love of reading (in my opinion). My four-year-old now reads this book along with me as he's memorized the entire thing!
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By D. Pethick on January 6, 2010
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My daughter absolutely loves this book! It's an adorable story about a family going to the beach... except they keep forgetting something back home. We've all been there, right?! My daughter asks me to read this book to her over and over again and I don't mind in the least. The fantastic illustrations by Nadine Bernard Westcott make this one a true gem.
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By jenny bleyl on June 16, 2014
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We love this book so much! It is so funny and has great illustrations! It is a family favorite in the summer.
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