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Beach day
Roosa, Karen.
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Publication Information:
New York : Clarion Books, 2001.
Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations ; 21 x 28 cm
Rhyming text describes a perfect day at the beach, complete with sandy knees, deviled eggs, and a castle with a moat.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.8 0.5 49481.
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PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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In this charming picture book, a cheerful family tumbles out of the car and onto the beach, ready for a perfect day. Buoyant verse just right for reading aloud and bright, playful illustrations capture the singular feeling of a hazy, lazy day by the ocean, complete with a ball game with new friends, water-skiers and sailboats, and a picnic lunch of fried chicken and deviled eggs. This book is a captivating introduction to the beach for young children and an irresistible gift for beach lovers of any age.

Author Notes

Karen Roosa is the author of Beach Day , which was named a Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year. She lives with her family in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Maggie Smith has written and illustrated many picture books including My Blue Bunny, Bubbit and Beach Day . An accomplished sewist and owner of the Etsy shop Maggierama, she lives in Massachusetts. Visit her online at

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Booklist Review

Ages 3^-5. Similar in structure to Hubbell's Sea, Sand, Me! this begins as several families arrive at a beach. A multicultural group of children play ball together, eat lunch, build sandcastles, and wade in the water before packing up their gear for the trip home. The short, pithy rhymes express vivid impressions of the experience: "A freckled nose, / sandy toes. / Ocean's salty / Sea breeze blows." The lively art in deep, vivid watercolor washes is filled with well-observed details. Kids will have fun poring over and talking about the illustrations as they find new stories with each turn of the page. --Carolyn Phelan

Publisher's Weekly Review

Young readers will be searching for flip-flops and sunscreen upon finishing this kicky look at a summer day spent at the shore. In her picture book debut, Roosa serves up myriad salty, sandy and sunny images in bouncy verse. ("High clouds flurry,/ Sand crabs scurry√Ą/ Hungry swimmers/ In a hurry!/ Chicken legs,/ Deviled eggs.../ What a banquet!/ Seagull begs.") From building sandcastles to romping in the surf and enjoying a beach blanket feast, Roosa incorporates all the fun things that families do on a beach-vacation day that stretches from morning to twilight. Smith (This Is Your Garden) matches Roosa's joyful tone step for step, depicting families of every size, shape and color, donning all manner of bright bathing suits, sun hats and cover-ups. A rainbow of sand toys, towels, beach umbrellas and coolers dot the dunes and the beach itself like colored pebbles. Smiling children and kind-faced adults (and a couple of playful pooches) make use of every part of nature's playground; sailors and kite-fliers in the background further extend the energetic on-the-sand and in-the-water scenes. All told, this book will have the whole family hankering for a day by the water. Ages 3-6. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Delighted families rush onto the beach. Parents and children water-ski, bury themselves in the sand, splash and cavort in the water, play ball, and build colossal sand castles. Gliding over heads and swirling under feet, the rhyming text is well complemented by Smith's jubilant and frolicsome pictures. The excitement and enthusiasm of the day are perfectly captured by the artist's bright, lively watercolors and the author's active, playful text. Pair this with Marie-Louise Gay's Stella, Star of the Sea (Groundwood, 1999) and Silvia Francia's Roberta's Vacation (Kane/Miller, 1998) for a swimmingly fine storytime.-Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.