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Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. More
Summary: Pinch (a sand crab) has no one to play with because the sandpipers say he's too slow, and he's afraid of the water. Freckles, whose new to the beach and looking for adventure, says he wants to play with Pinch. Now he has a friend, but can Pinch overcome his fear of the water? When a storm starts blowing toward shore, Freckles and Pinch have to help some baby sea turtles. Can they do it? This is a picture book with several layers of morals for kids.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 7; read yourself: 8 to 10
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Reading Level: 3.3
Age of Child: Started reading with 5½-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: Our child showed immediate empathy for Pinch and wanted to help Freckles befriend the sand crab. S/He thumbed through the pages several times, just to explore.
Adult Reader Reaction: This was a fun story to read. The illustrations are great, and the animals' expressions (sans the birds) are terrific!
Pros: This is a picture book with lots of layers. It can be JUST a fun story, or it can offer lessons in friendship, acceptance, admitting poor judgment, overcoming fear ... and others.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This could be a fun pre-beach read, not only to introduce the things you see at the beach, but to get kids' keen observation looking for new things in new ways when they get there (how do sand crabs and sandpipers get along?).
Educational Themes: The book offers the opportunity for kids to practice vocabulary (lots of repetition), as well as draw meaningful lessons from the story. It's easy to stop and ask "how would you feel" or "what would you do" while reading.
Notes: This is a Moms Choice Award Nominee for 2006.