For his fifth birthday, James chooses to spend three days at the beach, during which his quiet adventures, with the help of his imagination, become an unforgettable treat.
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Ages 3-6. Mother offers five-year-old James three choices for his birthdaya picnic with friends, a trip to the zoo, or a long weekend at the beach. He opts for the third choice, and the two set off for three lovely days by the sea. One day he builds a roadway for his cars and trucks in the sand; another day he creates a farm complete with a pond; and on the last day he constructs a castle and a moat full of pirate ships. Although the tide destroys his handiwork each evening, James does not mind, for his imagination is as boundless as his mother's reassuring approval. Harrison portrays a very healthy parent-child relationship; Mother never hovers or interferes with James' fantasies, but she's always close by, offering love and support. Foreman's soft watercolor paintings, which contrast the cool blue water with the warm yellow sand on this deserted stretch of Cornwall beach, complement the idyllic tone of the text. A gentle reminder that summer fun does not require crowds of people or great sums of money. Kay WeismanFrom School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 2-Three whole days at the beach with his mother sounds better than a picnic with friends or a ride on a camel to Michael, so for his fifth birthday he chooses The Long Weekend. Each day, he creates a new world in the sand, and each evening the tide erases it. From town, to farm, to castle, the boy constructs with increasing diligence and ingenuity while basking in the comfortable companionship of a "Mommy" who can share the gentle pleasure of his whimsical play. Harrison's text is deeply satisfying as well-crafted sentences flow forth, forming a fantasy as splendid as Michael's sand worlds. Foreman's mixed-medium illustrations have the watercolor wetness of sea spray, the warm sandy texture of pastels, and the precision detailing of pencil. Perfect for bedtime, nap time, or quiet sharing, this is truly a celebration of the imagination.
Jody McCoy, Casady School, Oklahoma City
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Book Description Red Fox, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 99302497
Book Description Red Fox, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0099302497