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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Beach Baby, written by Laurie Elmquist and illustrated by Elly MacKay.Orca Books, 2016. $9.95 ages 2 and up

"Sand dollars

A seal
peering out of the waves

A sandpiper whose peep
startles your dreams

The castle waits for you
with its turrets and shells"

There are so many of the day's experiences to recall as this tiny child is quietly put to bed for the night. When he wakes, the chance to revisit all those wonderful things will be there once more. A day at the beach, with the calm of the ocean waves as background music. Idyllic, is it not?

Elly MacKay uses paper, ink, light and photography to create the absolutely gorgeous, and dreamy, artwork. She captures the beauty of the beach and the ocean environment in close-up images that are detailed and soothing. The morning and evening views of the house atop a nearby hill are both welcoming.  Children listening will succumb to the assurance that tomorrow offers another chance for a visit to familiar places and to the warmth and beauty of the seaside. The soothing illustrations are sure to remind them of their lovely day full of wonder.

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