A Day for Sandcastles

A Day for Sandcastles
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May 10, 2022
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A dazzling wordless picture book celebrates creative problem-solving, teamwork, and the sun-splashed wonder of a day at the beach.

The creators of the acclaimed Over the Shop evoke a perfect summer beach day—and themes of creativity, cooperation, flexibility, and persistence—all without a word in this sun-warmed, salt-stained delight of a story. A busload of beachgoers spills out onto the sand for a day of fun and frolic. 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 pile back into the bus for home. An authentic portrait of sibling cooperation—and glorious inspiration for creative people of all ages—A Day for Sandcastles channels the thrill of surrendering expectations on the path to infinite possibility.

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intriguing wordless picture book
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A DAY FOR SANDCASTLES is a clever picture book that captures a day at the beach for a family. The pictures are shown in comic book style with several panels on each page. 3 siblings are thrilled to go to the beach for the day, and they work on building a sandcastle together. However, nature seems to conspire against them in their project. As the day continues, they eventually create something amazing before it is time to go home.

What I loved: This is a great pick for young imaginations, whether able to read yet or not, as it allows children to craft their own narrative based on the images they see. The images are detailed and will spark reader's creativity as they imagine the day, the conversations, and what is happening at the beach. The overarching story is clear enough that children can follow the images along to create a cohesive story, and this is a really unique idea.

Final verdict: A clever and imaginative picture book, A DAY FOR SANDCASTLES is a story told entirely through pictures to capture a family trip to the beach.
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