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 Day for sandcastles
 Author: Lawson, JonArno

 Publisher:  Candlewick Press (2022)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [42] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 552124 ISBN: 9781536208429
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Family life -- Fiction
 Beaches -- Fiction
 Sandcastles -- Fiction
 Bus travel -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

In this wordless picture book, three siblings begin work on a castle, patting and shaping the sand as the sun arcs over the sky. Time and again, their progress is halted: a windswept hat topples their creation; a toddler ambles through it; the tide creeps close, and then too close. Meeting each demolition with fresh determination, the builders outdo themselves time and again, until the moment arrives to board the bus for home.

 Illustrator: Leng, Qin

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (03/15/22)
   Booklist (+) (05/01/22)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (+) (00/03/22)
 The Hornbook (+) (00/05/22)

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Booklist - 05/01/2022 *Starred Review* The creators of Over the Shop (2021) return with another wordless picture book, this one celebrating the joys of a summer beach day. A young family arrives by bus and excitedly scrambles down the dunes to the water's edge. After scouting out the area, the three kids take up pails and shovels, and cooperate to create a sandcastle. Throughout the day they overcome a series of challenges: Dad warns of the encroaching tide; a gust of wind crashes a lady's hat into the structure; and a toddler wanders through, oblivious to his surroundings. With each setback the siblings assess, problem solve, and build it back better than before. Leng's watercolor-and-ink illustrations employ a sunny palette of sky blues and sandy shades of beige, accented with brightly hued beachwear and gear. Paneled layouts provide ample opportunity for readers to view each step in the siblings' process, and close-ups of their facial expressions (frustration, disappointment, determination) add nuance to the story. Equally intriguing are the other beach goers (in various shapes, sizes, and colors), whose details hint at their own stories. Young readers will also appreciate that these parents, while always within eyesight, mostly leave the kids to their own devices, allowing for a most satisfying beach day for everyone. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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