Monday, July 11, 2011

The TTLG 2011 Picture Book Celebration: Book one hundred and ninety-two

When I was living on the island of Cyprus, going to the beach was one of my favorite summer activities.Since then I have always lived in a place that did not lend itself to regular beach trips. Either the sea or ocean was too far, or the water was too cold. So, for now at least I have to enjoy my summer beach days through books, and today I have a really charming beach book for you.

Anna Walker
Picture Book
For ages 2 to 5
Simon and Schuster, 2011, 978-1-4169-8321-7
   Ollie the zebra loves vacations, and he and Fred are going to the seaside.  When they get there, Ollie picks up shells and splashes in the waves. He goes out into a little boat and gazes up into the sky as the boat floats on the water. Ollie swims in the sea, he plays in the sand, and he eats ice cream. What could be better than doing all these wonderful things.
   In this charming Ollie title, Ollie and his dog Fred have a wonderful seaside vacation together. The simple rhyming text is beautifully paired with Anna Walker’s minimal watercolor art to give young readers a delightful picture book reading experience.

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