Summer

Sea Glass Summer by Michelle Houts

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Back of Book:
One summer, a boy named Thomas visits his grandmother at her seaside cottage. She gives him a magnifying glass that once belonged to his grandfather, and with it Thomas explores the beach, turning grains of sand into rocks and dark clamshells into swirling mazes of black, gray, and white. When his grandmother shows him a piece of sea glass, Thomas is transfixed. That night he dreams of an old shipyard and the breaking of a bottle. Could the very piece of sea glass on his nightstand have come from that bottle? For the rest of the summer, he searches for more sea glass and hopes to have dreams that will reveal more of the sea’s secrets.
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from Candlewick Press in exchange for an honest review.
Summer is right around the corner and with it comes the promise of adventure. Sea Glass Summer follows a young boy named Thomas as he explores the amazing aspects of the beach at his grandmother’s house. He realizes that each piece of sea glass has a story attached to it. This story is almost magical. The whimsical text whisks readers into a world that combines past and present. Every aspect of the story is delicately tied to how the sea glass connected people of various time periods. The watercolor illustrations are vibrant and gorgeous! I loved that the dream sequences were drawn in grayscale. It adds a different aspect to the historical aspect of the story. This is the kind of story that is perfect to use with an object lesson on how the ocean recycles items to create something new. Overall a stunning ode to a tradition that hasn’t been forgotten and treasures that continue to connect us to the sea.
Ages 6 and up
32 Pages

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4th of July, Summer

Pie Is for Sharing

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Back of Book:
A picnic, a beach, a pie cut into pieces and shared with good friends.
Pie is for sharing.
It starts off round, and you can slice it into as many pieces as you want. What else can be shared? A ball, of course. A tree? What about time?
Through the course of one memorable Fourth of July picnic, Stephanie Ledyard and Jason Chin take young readers through the ups and downs of sharing in this lovely picture book.
My Review:
“Pie is for Sharing” is a beautiful blend of the some of the wonderful and fun aspects of summertime. The concept for this book is brilliant and very American. The text is written in lyrical and simple sentences that flows in a calming and engaging way. The illustrations are breathtaking and show detailed scenes that match the story. This story is a true treat for the summer time.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Books and Library, Summer

Surf’s Up by Kwame Alexander

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Back of Book:
Surf’s up! Not yet, Dude! Books are boring! Not this one! Bro and Dude have very different ideas about how to spend the day at the beach. But as Bro continues to gasp and cheer as he reads his book (Moby Dick), Dude can’t help but get curious. Before you can shout ‘Surf’s up!’ both frogs are sharing the same adventure, that is, until they get to the beach.
My Review:
This story takes the idea that books are boring and turns it upside down. The story follows two friends Bro, and Dude as they prepare to enjoy some time at the beach. The only problem is that Bro ants to finish his book. Dude thinks that books are boring but by the end of the story he changes his mind. The text is simple to read which makes it perfect for beginning readers. I love the message it sends to readers about the importance of reading over the summer. The illustrations are fun and the frog characters are truly enduring. This is a must-read addition to any summer reading list!
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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