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Title:
Beach ball
Author:
Sís, Peter, 1949-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Greenwillow Books, [1990]

©1990
Summary:
While at the beach, Mary and her mother see letters, numbers, colors, shapes, and more.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780688091811

9780688091828
Format :
Book

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Summary

"A stiff breeze blows Mary's beach ball along the water's edge for miles and miles. People, objects and animals appear and disappear as Mary gallops from page to page, chasing the ball....Sis's inimitably cheerful illustrations fuse a riot of unsullied color with deft details and endless invention."--Publishers Weekly. "A great choice for beach-chair travelers."--School Library Journal.


Summary

While Mary searches for her lost beach ball, readers hunt for objects from A to Z, count from 1 to 10, identify opposites, name animals, discover colors and shapes, and work through a maze.


Author Notes

Peter Sis was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia, in 1949 and attended the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague and the Royal College of Art in London. He began his career as a filmmaker and won the Golden Bear Award at the 1980 West Berlin Film Festival for an animated short. He has also won the Grand Prix Toronto and the Cine Golden Eagle Award, and in 1983 collaborated with Bob Dylan on You Got to Serve Somebody. His film work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

In 1982 Sis was sent to Los Angeles to produce a film for the 1984 Winter Olympics. But the film project was canceled when Czechoslovakia and the entire Eastern bloc decided to boycott the Olympics. Ordered by his government to return home, Sis decided to stay in the United States and was granted asylum. Sis then met Maurice Sendak who introduced him to children's books, and he moved to New York City in 1984 to begin a career in children's literature.

Sís earned quick acclaim with the publication of the 1986 Newbery Medal Winner, The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleishman, for which he did the illustrations. Sis is a five-time winner of The New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year.. Komodo! and A Small Tall Tale from the Far Far North were each named a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book, and he has won a Society of Illustrators Gold Medal for Komodo! and a Silver Medal for The Three Golden Keys. Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei was a 1997 Caldecott Honor Book, as was Tibet Through the Red Box. Sis has also received a MacArthur Fellowship

Sis' editorial illustrations have appeared in Time, Newsweek, Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, and many other magazines in the United States and abroad. He has published nearly 1,000 drawings in The New York Times Book Review. He has designed many book jackets and posters, including, in 1984, the famous poster for Milos Forman's Academy Award-winning motion picture Amadeus. He has also completed a mural for the Washington/Baltimore Airport, a poster for the New York City subway system, and a stage set for the Joffrey Ballet. His work has been exhibited in Prague, London, Zurich, Hamburg, Los Angeles, and New York in both group and one-man shows.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Peter Sis was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia, in 1949 and attended the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague and the Royal College of Art in London. He began his career as a filmmaker and won the Golden Bear Award at the 1980 West Berlin Film Festival for an animated short. He has also won the Grand Prix Toronto and the Cine Golden Eagle Award, and in 1983 collaborated with Bob Dylan on You Got to Serve Somebody. His film work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

In 1982 Sis was sent to Los Angeles to produce a film for the 1984 Winter Olympics. But the film project was canceled when Czechoslovakia and the entire Eastern bloc decided to boycott the Olympics. Ordered by his government to return home, Sis decided to stay in the United States and was granted asylum. Sis then met Maurice Sendak who introduced him to children's books, and he moved to New York City in 1984 to begin a career in children's literature.

Sís earned quick acclaim with the publication of the 1986 Newbery Medal Winner, The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleishman, for which he did the illustrations. Sis is a five-time winner of The New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year.. Komodo! and A Small Tall Tale from the Far Far North were each named a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book, and he has won a Society of Illustrators Gold Medal for Komodo! and a Silver Medal for The Three Golden Keys. Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei was a 1997 Caldecott Honor Book, as was Tibet Through the Red Box. Sis has also received a MacArthur Fellowship

Sis' editorial illustrations have appeared in Time, Newsweek, Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, and many other magazines in the United States and abroad. He has published nearly 1,000 drawings in The New York Times Book Review. He has designed many book jackets and posters, including, in 1984, the famous poster for Milos Forman's Academy Award-winning motion picture Amadeus. He has also completed a mural for the Washington/Baltimore Airport, a poster for the New York City subway system, and a stage set for the Joffrey Ballet. His work has been exhibited in Prague, London, Zurich, Hamburg, Los Angeles, and New York in both group and one-man shows.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 6

Booklist Review

Ages 5-8. Mary and her mother set up their beach paraphernalia for a day of seaside fun, but the wind blows Mary's beach ball away. As she chases it down the shoreline, scene after scene appears, each showing a new section of the beach. This essentially wordless picture book offers an opportunity for a new game in nearly every scene: find objects for every letter of the alphabet; help Mary find her way through the maze; count the objects; identify the shapes, animals, opposites, and colors; and find Mary. While the multitude of tiny figures and objects may be visually confusing to preschoolers, slightly older children will find the games diverting. Bits of visual humor add to the fun. Separated by the wide horizontal stretch of sandy beach, azure bands of sky and sea border each double-page spread; everything turns peach-colored in the sunset of the last scene. A playful romp. ~--Carolyn Phelan


Publisher's Weekly Review

A stiff breeze blows Mary's beach ball along the water's edge for miles and miles. People, objects and animals appear and disappear as Mary gallops from page to page, chasing the ball that remains just a bit ahead of her. Her mostly wordless quest is augmented with a different concept worked into each spread. The reader is made aware of various things to look for by clever signals in each left-hand corner. A spread devoted to different kinds of animals is indicated by a flock of birds flying in formation spelling out the words `` . . . name the animals.'' This added bit of fun makes combing the beach for different things a game of infinite variety. Sis's ( Waving ) inimitably cheerful illustrations fuse a riot of unsullied color with deft details and endless invention. Ages 3-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3 --A great choice for beach-chair travelers. The wind has taken little Mary's ball, causing her to chase it through double-page spreads of color identification, numbers, shapes, opposites, and more, oblivious to the wild assortment of oddly dressed people basking in the sun. This backdrop of leisure activity is the essence of the book, as young beachcombers are encouraged to sift through the chaos to find objects from A-Z, count fish or sunglasses, or identify animals on an ark. Surprises abound as new objects are spotted--a little elf in green sitting under a mushroom umbrella, a shark and an alligator lurking in shallow water, a boy blowing up an elephant balloon larger than himself. Sis' quirky illustrations have the grainy, gritty texture of sand, causing the book itself to appear as though it had been at the beach--the perfect place to take it for an afternoon of fun. --Trev Jones, School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

Ages 5-8. Mary and her mother set up their beach paraphernalia for a day of seaside fun, but the wind blows Mary's beach ball away. As she chases it down the shoreline, scene after scene appears, each showing a new section of the beach. This essentially wordless picture book offers an opportunity for a new game in nearly every scene: find objects for every letter of the alphabet; help Mary find her way through the maze; count the objects; identify the shapes, animals, opposites, and colors; and find Mary. While the multitude of tiny figures and objects may be visually confusing to preschoolers, slightly older children will find the games diverting. Bits of visual humor add to the fun. Separated by the wide horizontal stretch of sandy beach, azure bands of sky and sea border each double-page spread; everything turns peach-colored in the sunset of the last scene. A playful romp. ~--Carolyn Phelan


Publisher's Weekly Review

A stiff breeze blows Mary's beach ball along the water's edge for miles and miles. People, objects and animals appear and disappear as Mary gallops from page to page, chasing the ball that remains just a bit ahead of her. Her mostly wordless quest is augmented with a different concept worked into each spread. The reader is made aware of various things to look for by clever signals in each left-hand corner. A spread devoted to different kinds of animals is indicated by a flock of birds flying in formation spelling out the words `` . . . name the animals.'' This added bit of fun makes combing the beach for different things a game of infinite variety. Sis's ( Waving ) inimitably cheerful illustrations fuse a riot of unsullied color with deft details and endless invention. Ages 3-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3 --A great choice for beach-chair travelers. The wind has taken little Mary's ball, causing her to chase it through double-page spreads of color identification, numbers, shapes, opposites, and more, oblivious to the wild assortment of oddly dressed people basking in the sun. This backdrop of leisure activity is the essence of the book, as young beachcombers are encouraged to sift through the chaos to find objects from A-Z, count fish or sunglasses, or identify animals on an ark. Surprises abound as new objects are spotted--a little elf in green sitting under a mushroom umbrella, a shark and an alligator lurking in shallow water, a boy blowing up an elephant balloon larger than himself. Sis' quirky illustrations have the grainy, gritty texture of sand, causing the book itself to appear as though it had been at the beach--the perfect place to take it for an afternoon of fun. --Trev Jones, School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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