FICTION

Sandcastle

Candlewick. May 2020. 48p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781536211436.
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PreS-Gr 2–A girl visits the beach and shares her love of building sandcastles with a multitude of characters who come to enjoy the wonder of the expansive castle she makes. Soon, the guests become upset when everything starts to turn to sand. The little girl explains that sand is what the castle is made of, then a sand-ball fight ensues. And, just like that, everything is washed away in the tide. Tsarfati’s story is entertaining and shares one little girl’s love of sandcastles in a unique way. In a time when technology is all around us, this story reminds us that simple things, like sandcastles, can help our imaginations run rampant. Tsarfati’s illustrations are engrossing and detailed, and they could easily be used in a wordless picture book. The detail and vibrancy makes it hard to turn the pages, for there are suprises everywhere.
VERDICT Worth considering for purchase. Glimpses of familiar characters, from other books or movies are a special treat.

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