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Beach Hardcover – June 1, 2006
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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...Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
I've asked his grandmother to get this book for him for his birthday. It is a treasure!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love to help my kids experience the beach when we are far away. Not many words, no story but good to slow down and experience the beach "impression".Published 13 months ago by Prime time
Honestly I just wasn't crazy about it. The pictures were way too small.Published 22 months ago by misskris
This is a wonderful book with simple descriptions of a day in the life of a beach. People come and go, things wash ashore, sand gets everywhere. Read morePublished on August 6, 2011 by Amazon Customer
While I agree that this is a wonderful book with great illustrations, the pictures can be a little abstract and small for the little ones. Read morePublished on August 29, 2009 by T. Gautam
The children's sandwiches in "Beach Lover's Guide to the Perfect Sandwich" would be great to make with the kids while reading the book.Published on June 6, 2007 by Linda