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Wave Hardcover – April 16, 2008

4.9 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews

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Starred Review. Kindergarten-Grade 3—Lee's wordless picture book perfectly captures a child's day at the beach. Followed by a flock of seagulls, a girl runs delightedly to where waves break on the shore. She surveys the sea and together they begin a silent dance. She chases it as it recedes, runs from it as it surges, splashes in it when it calms, taunts it as it rises, and finally succumbs to it crashing down upon her and discovers what treasures the waves can bring. A panoramic trim size beautifully supports the expansiveness of the beach, and Lee uses the gutter to effectively represent the end of the shoreline—until the girl crosses that line. Loosely rendered charcoal and acrylic images curl and flow like water and reflect playfulness, especially in the facial and bodily expressions of the child and seagulls. The use of blue in an otherwise gray-toned world calls attention to the ocean, which rivals the girl as a main character in this story. Wave is best shared in small groups for the younger set, but also suited for solitary enjoyment by older children. A simple, well-crafted story of friendship.—Kim T. Ha, Elkridge Branch Library, MD
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THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
In a story of small events, Lee portrays a universal childhood experience of carefree adventure. She evokes the little girl's un-self-conscious joy and elicits tender amusement from the reader.

KIRKUS REVIEWS, STARRED REVIEW
Simply spectacular.

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, STARRED REVIEW
A book whose rewards multiply with rereading.

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, STARRED REVIEW
perfectly captures a child\'s day at the beach . A simple, well-crafted story of friendship.

SHELF AWARENESS
In 40 wordless pages, Lee captures the fascination, awe and ongoing sense of wonder that the ocean inspires in each of us, no matter how old.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1 edition (April 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081185924X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811859240
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.5 x 12.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Helga Hoffman on August 14, 2008
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Suzy Lee's Wave is gorgeous, so expressive you can almost taste the salty water reaching the beach - and the girl. A lovely little story about how you acquire knowledge about this world, something you can't do without taking some risk. For children who don't read yet, and for adults any age who love beauty.
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They say a picture is worth a thousand words and this book proves it. There are no words, but the story is clear as you look at the pictures. The illustrations are delightful and the story cute. Much loved by my family.
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This book is very special, like "Zoo" (By Susy Lee). The girl plays with the wave among the pages, and the wave finds the way to enter in the girl's world. The world of the girl is on the right pages, and the wave's world is on the left pages... It is a book that invites me to remember my childhood, playing with the waves. The message is very tender and ingenious and the illustrations are very very nice and expressive.

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In this wordless picture book, the spare charcoal and acrylic illustrations tell all. A little girl comes to the ocean with her mother. She plays, teases and dances at the water's edge, learning the motion of the ocean. She dances with seagulls and kicks and splashes only to have a tall wave form. Taller and taller, closer and closer, it builds, until SPLASH, it crashes all over her and the shore, leaving behind a trail of treasures. The water calms to placid blue and the little girl walks away with a wave to her new friend. This is a beautiful story of how children form friendships and how they come to know things. It will appeal to the very youngest reader and five-year-olds alike.
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This is a wonderful wordless book about a small child's first (I guess?) experience with the beach. We see her taunting the sea, getting splashed by the sea, and finally enjoying the sea and waving to it like a friend.

I love this one. Very simple and easy to follow.

Some people object to wordless picture books on principle, because they are unfamiliar with them. This is what I have to say to that:

Wordless picture books are PERFECT for pre-readers. It gives them the ability to read a book - REALLY own the experience instead of just "playing" as they must do when they can't understand the words - on their own. It gives them practice in putting together stories and working out details from context. And it allows them to be the expert at some activity that is usually restricted to adults and older children in their life - reading a book.

By that same token, they are also ideal for early readers. It's non-threatening, and yet it's still a way to practice following a storyline. Reading is more than just mechanically putting together sounds and reciting them, after all. Many people are impressed by a five year old who can say, word-perfect, some complex piece he or she "reads" from a page, but later they find out that the child has no idea what they just read and wasn't thinking of reading as an exercise in gleaning meaning from text, but merely as reciting memorized sounds and letter combinations. Working out the story for themselves from a book with no words is a wonderful way to practice this sort of "reading for meaning".

But what of the child who stumbles in reading? Well, the child who stumbles when reading but can tell you WHAT they read is light-years ahead of the one who sounds pretty but doesn't grasp the meaning.
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This is my 2 1/2 year old grandaughter's favorite book. We got it from the library for 4 weeks and she hated to return it. I bought it and had it shipped to her house. She asks her mother to read it to her every night. She says that she loves the little girl and the beach. The book has no words but great imaginative pictures that tell a story.
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It's the simplicity of the book that makes it truly powerful. The black and white panoramic drawings of the girl, her mother, and the seagulls are accented with splashes of the ocean's brilliant blue. When the wave finally engulfs the little girl at the end and recedes back into the ocean, the pages also become engulfed in blue--the sky, the girl's dress, the sea shells, etc.

This book makes me want to go to the beach. It conjures up my own memories of my childhood, and makes me reminisce about the innocence of childhood and the magic of the ocean. Accessible to children and parents of many cultures and languages and accessible to children who can't yet read or who are struggling with reading, I give Wave my highest recommendation.
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We love this book. We have it for our little one and just bought another for a gift for a baby shower. The art of creativity is getting lost in our world and this book helps you use your own creativity to tell the story. There are pictures to guide you though you can change the story and you can make it as short or as long as you want as suits your needs at the time. I think this book reminds the parents just as much as the child that using our imaginations is a key skill. I've also found that while my little one is now interested in this type of book is helpful for LO to "read.". LO now "reads" to us just as much as we read to LO. The imagery is nicely done and the easy palette is beautiful. It's nice to be able to pick up book that is fairly calming and not too overstimulating. The book serves a number of purposes and is sweet too. A great addition to a toddler's library.
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