A Day for Sandcastles

day for sandcastles

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.---from the publisher

48 pages                                    978-1536208429                                   Ages 4-8

Keywords:  beach, family life, wordless, siblings, creative process, perseverance, cooperation, problem solving, working together, overcoming obstacles, fun, acceptance, outdoors, 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old



Get ready - you are going to the beach! This wordless picture book has an incredible presence - you are going to be transported - literally transported to the beach - to those moments when your feet first step into the sand and your eyes catch that first glimpse of the ocean and you remember and hear the rustle of those stalwart grasses growing in the dunes.

This is the story of a family with three children who clearly love to build sandcastles. The kids race down to the water's edge - to that perfect spot where you're close enough to the water for the sand to still hold together as you build. The building begins. As with most things we do in life, things happen. There is joy in the designing and the building and the seeing it all come together and when whoosh - something happens.

What do you do when something happens? Is it quitting time? Is it crying time? Or...is it trying again time and discovering something even better?

Ohhhh....yep...there is incredible wisdom in this wonderful story. It's beach building that is so, so wonderfully familiar and it's life experience that just might need a step back to give us the chance to see the potential ...the miraculous possibilities...that wait for us in creativity and in perseverance and in honoring the brilliance of the universe. Isn't that an awesome gift to give a child?

Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com

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