#685 – On My Beach by Sarah Gillingham & Lorena Siminovich

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On My Beach

Series: Felt Finger Puppet Board Books
Written by Sarah Gillinghamtop book of 2015 general
Illustrated by Lorena Siminovich
Chronicle Books           5/01/2015
978-1-4521-0640
10 pages       7” x 7”      Age 0—2
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“Turn the colorful pages of this irresistible board book to discover just what makes little crab’s beach so cozy. Is it the warm tide pool? Is it the soft sand? No, it’s little crab’s family! Bright pictures, a sweet, reassuring message, and an adorable finger puppet fi this book with reading and playtime fun!” [back cover]

Review
On his beach, Little Crab relates a day of fun activities for readers. Ah, before you turn the cover, turn the book over. In the center of the back cover is an opening—a die-cut circle—waiting for you to bring Little Crab to life! He is actually a finger puppet crab.

“On my beach, I race over sand with my friends,
“I hide between the treasures in the warm tide pool . . . “

Beginning with the first spread, each die-cut opening decreases in size (5” diameter on the cover down to 2 ½” diameter on the next-to-last spread—perfect for the 2” oval Little Crab. The circles might sound bland; they are not. Smooth circles alternate with wavy circles, much like the pattern waves leave as they return to sea. I really love this eye-pleasing, 3-dimensional pattern. I think young children will also like the different textures.

Little Crab decides to race over his beach with his sea creature friends. Helping him navigate the beach puts children into the story. Without them, Little Crab could not navigate his way through the sand and water. Upon reaching his destination, Little Crab enjoys a nap with . . . sorry, only Little Crab can reveal his companions.

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I think young children will enjoy becoming Little Crab and wiggling him through seaweed and splashing the orange crab in a wave pool. One caveat: little hands might find holding the book, while playing with the finger puppet, awkward. On My Beach is a good size for a board book story, with traditionally thick, glossy—difficult to tear, easy to clean—cardboard pages. The 7” x 7” book is a perfect fit for my hands, enabling me to navigate Little Crab through his story while easily turning the pages. Young children might need to adjust—every confidence they will—using problem solving, imagination, and dexterity.

The varying seascapes and critters, rendered in collage, are bright and inviting, working perfectly with the cover. Young children will love the combination of story and an interesting puppet. The stuff that interest young children and their enjoyment of books include a good story, an interesting character, including play, and becoming part of the adventure are all found in On My Beach. The latest title in the (first published in 2009), will entertain young children. From a barn to a pond and patch, the Felt Finger Puppet Board Books series introduces young children to a variety of places and things (see list of titles below).

ON MY BEACH (FELT FINGER PUPPET BOARD BOOKS). Text copyright © 2015 by Sarah Gillingham. Illustrations copyright © 2015 by Lorena Siminovich. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Chronicle Books, San Francisco, CA.

Purchase On My Beach at AmazonBook DepositoryChronicle Books.

Learn more about On My Beach HERE.
Meet the author, Sarah Gillingham, at her website:  http://www.saragillingham.com/
Meet the illustrator, Lorena Siminovich, at her website:  http://www.lorenasiminovich.com/
Find more board books at the Chronicle Books website:  http://www.chroniclebooks.com/

Felt Finger Puppet Board Books

 In My Barn  978-1-4521-0641-0

In My Barn
978-1-4521-0641-0

In My Den  978-0-8118-7053-5

In My Den
978-0-8118-7053-5

In My Flower  978-0-8118-7339-0

In My Flower
978-0-8118-7339-0

In My Forest  978-0-8118-7566-0

In My Forest
978-0-8118-7566-0

 

 
 
 

 

In My Jungle  978-0-8118-7716-9

In My Jungle
978-0-8118-7716-9

 On My Leaf  978-1-4521-0813-1

On My Leaf
978-1-4521-0813-1

In My Meadow  978-0-8118-7338-3

In My Meadow
978-0-8118-7338-3

In My Nest  978-0-8118-6555-5

In My Nest
978-0-8118-6555-5

 

 

 

 

In My Ocean  978-0-8118-7717-6

In My Ocean
978-0-8118-7717-6

In My Patch  978-0-8118-7567-7

In My Patch
978-0-8118-7567-7

In My Pond  978-0-8118-6556-2

In My Pond
978-0-8118-6556-2

In My Tree  978-0-8118-7052-8

In My Tree
978-0-8118-7052-8

 

 

 

 

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On My Beach by Sarah Gillingham & Lorena Siminovich - Chronicle Books 2015

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