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Vacation: We're Going to the Ocean Hardcover – May 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 4
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsong (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590785681
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590785683
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.3 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #841,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this little book of verse, a boy tells of his family’s road trip, their time at the beach, and the return journey. Packed into the car with his father, mother, little sister, and baby brother, the boy voices the backseat point of view as he begs for a pit stop, complains about hearing “another hour” once more, and looses/loses his pet spider. In one rainy-day illustration, the boy, hands on hips and wearing a snorkel mask, stands outside the store window where his family is shopping and says, “Sister needs swim fins, / Daddy needs vitamins, / Brother needs a sun cap, / Daddy needs a road map, / Mommy needs lotions, / I NEED THE OCEAN!” Childlike and sometimes amusing, the short, rhymed poems are accessible on their own and, with Shepperson’s illustrations, even more so. The expressive ink-and-wash drawings, which appear on every page, set up visual contexts for the poems and underscore the emotions and the humor found there. Grades 2-4. --Carolyn Phelan

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"Childlike and sometimes amusing, the short, rhymed poems are accessible on their own and, with Shepperson's illustrations, even more so." --Booklist


"Delightful poems. . . . This book, with its expressive art that expands on the humor in each poem, should have wide appeal." --School Library Journal

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David Harrison was born in Springfield, Missouri. He has lived in Ajo, Arizona (as a boy), Atlanta, Georgia (as a graduate student), Evansville, Indiana (as a pharmacologist), Kansas City, Missouri (as an editorial manager) and back in Springfield (as a business owner). Counting his first poems at age six, David has been a writer most of his life and has produced 80 published books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that have won dozens of awards. He holds two degrees in science and two honorary doctorates of letters (MSU and Drury University). He is poet laureate for Drury and David Harrison Elementary School was named in his honor. He regularly speaks at conferences and visits schools.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
How do you get a kid to read poetry? That's something you want to do, right? Inundate them with a fine appreciation for a measured verse right from the get-go? So what's the trick? There are plenty of poetry books for kids out there, sure. But maybe your kids aren't too keen on those big 8" X 12" collections. We always talk about how graphic novels can be gateway books from pictures to prose. So why can't poetry books that tell a single story also be considered gateway books, but this time from fiction to poetry? That's sort of where my mind was going when I read "Vacation: We're Going to the Ocean" by David L. Harrison. It's a simple story at its heart, but with enough humor (and visuals) to lure in children at just the right age and make them poetry keen. It's worth a shot in any case.

Our unnamed hero is going on vacation and he cannot wait. Heck, he's even excited by the prospect of sitting in the backseat for long periods of time with his sister and baby brother. In forty-five little poems, we hear this epic tale. From running out of gas to camping with a snoring dad. From visiting relatives to getting at long last to the ocean to play. Some things may be good and some things may be bad about vacationing with your family, but as the boy says at the end. "Home at last! / I'm glad we're here, / but I can't wait / until next year!"

David L. Harrison prepares you right from the start for the vertical layout of most of his poems. The first one "Hi!" introduces you to Samuel Scott, or just Sam. The poem runs from top to bottom and it may take a couple reads to realize that you have to finish the first line before moving onto the second.
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This book had some funny verses...and the kids got a kick out of it, but it's not a classic. Just slightly goofy, but easy to read and did help build excitement for our beach trip.
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