Thu 27 Jan 2011
If you’re looking for a picture book to help you do just that, check out A Beach Tail (Boyds Mills, 2010) by Karen Lynn Williams and Floyd Cooper.
The book tells the simple story of Gregory and dad spending a day at the beach. Gregory uses a stick to draw a lion in the sand. When his dad suggests he add a tail, Gregory does, and it turns out to be the longest tail a lion every had.
In fact, Gregory gets so caught up in drawing the tail that he gives himself a tour of the beach and temporarily loses sight of his father. (Although he does discover a purple jellyfish, a horseshoe crab, a ghost crab and a jetty.)
But when he needs to find him again, he just follows the tail back to his lion — and his dad.
Today’s guest reviewer: Aidan
Things I like: Playing chess, reading and playing sports like basketball.
This book was about: A boy named Gregory drawing a lion in the sand.
The best part was when: Gregory passed all the animals while he was drawing the tail.
I laughed when: Gregory made a funny face.
I was worried that: He wouldn’t find his dad.
I was surprised when: The water splashed up by the jetty.
This book taught me: To never leave a lion.
Three words that best describe this book are: “Gregory.” “Dad.” “Lion.”
My favorite pictures in this book were: The horseshoe crab and the jellyfish.
Other kids reading this book should know: You shouldn’t leave your dad.
You should read this book because: It has a lion in it.
Karen Lynn and Floyd both have lots of books — and awards – to their credit. Floyd won the 2009 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award and Karen Lynn’s book have been named to several notable books list. The two have even worked together before — 20 years ago — on the picture book When Africa Was Home.
If you’d like to see what others had to say about this book, read these reviews: