A Beach Tail

32p. 978-1-59078-712-0.
PreS-Gr 2 A charming tale of creativity and discovery. When Gregory draws a lion in the sand, his father suggests that it needs a tail and a name. As the child begins making a tail with a stick, Dad reminds him, "Don't go into the water, and don't leave Sandy." Although Gregory does not go into the water, his interpretation of not leaving Sandy is highly suspect. As he continues to draw the tail, it leads him a long way down the beach. Gregory winds it around a purple jellyfish, a sandcastle, a horseshoe crab, and more, until he reaches a jetty. He turns around and has lost sight of Dad, but fortunately is clever enough to follow the tail back past his landmarks, until he finds part of Sandy, whose body has been washed away. Gregory is happy and relieved to see his father sitting under the blue umbrella on the dolphin towel. The pastel illustrations use a soft, muted palette and have a grainy, beachlike feel to them. Cooper does an outstanding job of using perspective to underscore the immensity of the beach and sea. Gregory's facial expressions are full of wonder and curiosity as he finds small discoveries during his adventure. A wonderful summer tale to share one-on-one or with a group."Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY" Copyright 2010 Media Source Inc.
Gregory draws a lion in the sand at the beach. As the lion's tail gets longer, Greg gets farther and farther away from Dad. Williams's poetic text, including onomatopoeia (e.g., the "swish-swoosh" of the waves), and Cooper's expressive sandy-hued illustrations draw readers into Gregory's emotions: joy, curiosity, anxiety, and, finally, relief. A simple and loving tale of a bond between father and son.

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