It's always a pleasure to introduce friends' books. Janine Yordy and I met years ago when the SCBWI Charlotte group met at Morrison library in South Park.
The inspiration for this book came from Janine spending summers at the beach with her boys as well as the beauty she found in nature. As a biologist she picked and researched animals she loved.
BEACH DAYSun pops up, and out we run.Shovels, buckets surfboards, FUN!And all around us life is brimming--flying, crawling, floating, swimming.Sticky sand beneath our feet.Wonder who we're gonna meet.
The reader is then introduced to CRABBY:
The poems are full of figurative language and different rhyming techniques which will make the sea creatures memorable. Readers will discover shells with "someone smelly still inside" (alliteration); a lovely osprey who "wishes for a mate to date" (internal rhyme); a heron who goes "SWISH for a fish, and SSLLURP." (internal rhyme and onomatopoeia); and a pelican whose "beaking is super for sneaking and high-dive techniquing" (unique internal rhyme scheme).
Here's a fun limerick:
Dolphins dance and glide (vivid verbs) and gulls "scuffled over pickled leeks, with yapping, snapping, beachy beaks." (internal rhyme)
Have you ever thought about a stingray flying? Janine did!
Silly poems include a jellyfish waiting to meet her Peanut Butter, an eel that "slithers, swimming with a swish. He's a special, snake-ish fish." (alliteration, fun made-up word).
A hammerhead shark complains, "No nails, no wood, no way I should be mending someone's fence. My snoot is cute, so I dispute: my name does not make sense."
Here is one of my favorites,
The book ends with the children who are seen through out the book, saying goodnight to the beach under a darkening sky, and a lovely spread about sea turtles.
Don't you love the "moon-made map"? I do!