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Summary: Colorful imagery and sensory words describe the creatures and atmosphere of being at the shore. There are different types of poetry, from short to multiple stanzas. This is a picture book collection of poetry for young readers.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, anytime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself:
Interest Level: 3 to 10
Reading Level: 3.4
Age of Child: Read with and by a 10-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: At first my 10-year-old wasn't sure she liked the book. Picture books are for "little kids," but then she started looking at the illustrations. They drew her in, and by the time we'd finished reading, she told us this is a book "for calming you down."
Adult Reader Reaction: I can see why our daughter loved the illustrations. There are pages where you sense (feel, hear) the surf in the background. The humor is subtle and bold, like the colors on the page. There is a poem for everyone!
Pros: Beautiful illustrations, clever word play, and sensory-rich poetry create a book that lets you hold summer in your hands.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. It is beautiful. It will make you and your kids smile and remember - or look forward - to great days.
Educational Themes: Readers will quickly see - and adults want to explore - the various forms of poetry. There is science, too, with creatures and concepts that can be further explored (e.g., nudibranch).
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.