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Sand sister
White, Amanda, 1965-
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Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Barefoot Books, 2004.
Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 26 x 27 cm
When lonely Paloma goes to the beach and wishes that she had a sister to play with, the girl she draws in the sand comes magically alive, and at day's end her parents give her the good news of a new baby on the way.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.9 0.5 76673.
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J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks
J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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- Illustrated by Mexican artist Yuyi Morales, who lives in Pleasant Hill, California
- Gift market -- An ideal present for those with a new sibling in the family
- Offers an excellent way of introducing the subject of a new brother or sister
- Addresses the importance of treating people as you wish to be treated yourself
- Teaches the valuable lesson of sharing with others

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 1. This gorgeous picture book may remind some readers of The Snow Maiden, the wintry Russian folktale about a childless couple whose lives are brightened by a walking, talking snow-girl. White warms things with a summery beach setting and replaces the lonely adults with a little girl, an only child whose wistful sand-drawing of a playmate magically comes to life. The sand sister disappears after one glorious day, but this loss is tempered by exciting news from the girl's parents: a flesh-and-blood sibling is on the way. Morales' sun-drenched paintings, textured with swooping brushstrokes and dusted with magnesium-bright accents, interpret the tale with the same vigor and fantastical sensibility that distinguished Morales' ust a Minute (2003), for which the artist won the 2004 Pura Belpre Illustrator Award. White's text seems a bit pedestrian by contrast, but it will still speak to children, especially those who might need reminding about the joys of sibling relationships. --Jennifer Mattson Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Readers can't help but shout "Cluck! Cluck! Cluck!" and "Ay! Ay! Ay!" along with the boy narrator of A Hen, a Chick and a String Guitar by Margaret Read MacDonald, illus. by Sophie Fatus. Inspired by a Chilean folktale, this invitingly illustrated volume boasts a parade of 16 animals as each adds another verse to the story, along with its sound. Fatus's rounded shapes and Chilean-inspired clothing patterns will keep kids happily flipping the pages. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-The power of imagination enriches a little girl's day at the seashore. Paloma is an only child who, upon arriving at the beach with her parents, finds her contemporaries busy at play with their siblings. The lonely youngster draws a picture of a girl in the sand and, with the help of a magic rock, her Sand Sister comes to life for the day. Paloma and Sandy play pirates, search for treasure, and jump in the surf. The two even have time for a small disagreement but forgive one another just before Sandy disappears at high tide. The warm golds of the sand, the rich browns of the rocks, and the blue sea dominate the textured, acrylic illustrations. Though sad when told it is time to leave, Paloma is given wonderful news by her parents: she will soon have a real baby brother or sister. Pair this gentle story with Kevin Henkes's Jessica (Greenwillow, 1989) for another tale of a young girl and her imaginary playmate.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.