Meet Me By the Sea

NorthSouth. Feb. 2021. 32p. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9780735844322.
PreS-Gr 2–This beautifully illustrated picture book tells the story of a young white child who feels invisible to her family; they are seemingly too busy on their devices to pay much attention to her. She takes to the great outdoors, where she sleeps among the creatures, and wakes up face to face with a friendly fox. As she settles down to look at a photograph of her family, they hike toward her, joining her by the sea. Sadly, there may be many children feeling like the heroine. But the journey of discovery, followed by an uplifting ending, will make young listeners and readers smile. The illustrations gently add visual cues to the spare telling.
VERDICT Young children will love the setting, animals, and adventure in this reasonable addition to most shelves.

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