Beach Baby

illus. by Elly MacKay. 24p. ebook available. Orca. Apr. 2016. pap. $9.95. ISBN 9781459809543.
Toddler-PreS—This simple beach story opens with a sleepy-eyed toddler in his mother's arms and her reassurances that "everything will be here when you wake." The litany that follows—a purple starfish, a waddling goose, sand dollars, a seal, a sandpiper, etc.—introduces the familiar sights and sounds at the beach and lulls the baby to sleep. As one might expect, the illustrator employs a lot of earth tones and the artwork is minimalist, using one or two images per page. The cover is engaging—it features a healthy and alert baby enjoying all of the things he thinks that he will miss when he is asleep (pelicans, a sand castle, a moon snail). The soft focus of the internal mixed-media artwork has a dreamlike feel.
VERDICT This lovely introduction to a beach environment is a good read for naptime and evening sharing.

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