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A beach tail

by Williams, Karen Lynn.

Format: Print Book 2010
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Summary
How will Gregory find his way back to Dad? Swish-swoosh . . . Gregory draws a lion in the sand. "Don't go in the water, and don't leave Sandy," warns Dad. But the sandy lion grows a tail that gets longer and longer--and soon Gregory is lost on the beach. This wonderful read-aloud book brings to life a summer experience that is all too familiar for young children. Karen Williams's rhythmic text has been paired with Floyd Cooper's brilliant illustrations, revealing the trip down the beach entirely from a child's point of view. A gentle father-son bond is shown in both text and art, reassuring young readers even as they share in Greg's moment of worry at finding himself lost and alone.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The titular tail refers here to a lion drawn in the sand by Gregory, an intrepid boy who, in extending the tail with a stick, winds up exploring a broad length of beach without quite disobeying his dad's directive to not wander away. As the boy goes further and further, he comes across such common seaside sights as a jellyfish, a crumbling sand castle, a horseshoe crab, and a ghost crab. Finally realizing the distance he has traveled, he traces his tail, with its swirls and zigzags, back past the objects he has found. Williams, who always takes readers on a worthwhile journey, accentuates her straightforward telling with the repetitive sounds of the shore ( Swish-swoosh ), which also punctuate Gregory's embellishments of the long tail. Cooper's warm, peachy-brown palette splendidly evokes the seaside setting, and his talent for expressive faces and texture (he won the 2009 Coretta Scott King Award for The Blacker the Berry) works to draw in viewers. A lovely collaboration suited for every collection.--Cruze, Karen Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "At the beach with his father, Greg strays from his beach umbrella, but stays calm and remembers the two things Dad told him: "Don't go in the water, and don't leave Sandy." Sandy is a lion Greg has drawn in the sand, and because Greg hasn't lifted the stick with which he has drawn Sandy's long, long tail (circling, as he goes, a jellyfish, a horseshoe crab, and other beachside marvels), he's able to retrace his steps to find his father, who's delighted to see him. Cooper (The Blacker the Berry) draws a startlingly real Greg in a series of tight closeups; readers will feel they can reach out and touch him. Grainy pastel and washed-out color evoke the seashore's bleached palette, while Greg's reverent attention to the treasures he finds is the focus of every page. The representation of an African-American father and child in a nonurban setting is welcome, while Williams's (Four Feet, Two Sandals) even pacing and soothing text reassure children without losing momentum. Most valuable, though, is Williams's belief in Greg and his resourcefulness; quiet satisfaction pervades his story. Ages 3-7. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Beaches -- Juvenile fiction.
Drawing -- Juvenile fiction.
Fathers and sons -- Juvenile fiction.
Beaches -- Fiction.
Drawing -- Fiction.
Fathers and sons -- Fiction.
Publisher Honesdale, Pa. :Boyds Mills Press,2010
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Cooper, Floyd.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 32 cm
ISBN 9781590787120 (hardcover : alk. paper)
1590787129 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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