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All You Need for a Beach Hardcover – May 1, 2004
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Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Pre-order today
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-In the same playful, rhyming style as in this pair's All You Need for a Snowman (Harcourt, 2002), this story unfolds. "One grain of sand/like the smallest seed,/-that's all you need/for a beach!/Except for/-Trillions of grains of sand,/and EACH/is one small piece/of your very own beach!" Add to that sun, birds, water, balls, umbrellas, towels, lemonade, and "YOU!" Children will delight in the exuberance of the text and the vibrant illustrations that bring all of the sights, smells, and textures to life. The characters in the gouache-and-watercolor illustrations are similar to those in Snowman, but they have a wonderful, soft quality that perfectly conveys the hazy lazy joy of being at the shore. A good choice for reading aloud.
Genevieve Gallagher, Orange County Public Library, VA
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PreS. Reminiscent of William Blake's lines about finding the world in a grain of sand, All You Need for a Beach begins: "One grain of sand / like the smallest seed, / one tiny grain / that's all you need / for a beach!" Then come the words "EXCEPT FOR," which lead the way to a scene of a full beach: "five million other grains, / ten million more, / spread them all out on the sandy shore." Each successive spread adds things that make a beach complete--the sun, an umbrella, a towel, lemonade--ending with, "All you need for a beach is . . . YOU!" Schertle's infectious rhythm adds suspense with each turn of the page, and her joyful singsong rhymes are nicely matched by sun-baked watercolors of children and grown-ups, busy and blissed-out by the shore. Gillian Engberg
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I am lucky enough to have three grandchildren living with me and they are 4, 2 1/2, and 6 months. The toddlers like this book and I try to read to them as often as I can. I've bought other books from the same author and this is a good one. One of our favorites is "The Little Blue Truck" which can be read with a cadence and is by the same author, I believe.
The book keeps you guessing what will be on the next page. The pictures are alos fun to look at.
This book is excellent for young children and babies who have been or are going to the beach.
Highly recommend it!