Hayles's salute to a day at the beach is tendered in short, high-stepping rhymes: ""Splashing/Dashing/Big wave crashing.""...

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Hayles's salute to a day at the beach is tendered in short, high-stepping rhymes: ""Splashing/Dashing/Big wave crashing."" The minimalist story concerns a small girl and her beachside endeavors: playing in the sand and surf, eating lunch, lolling in the water (where she finds a bottle with a message), and preparing to leave. A pleasing pace and energy inform these pages; firmly wedded to them and adding immeasurably to the day-at-the-beach atmosphere are Takahashi's acrylic illustrations, bright, immediate, and full of unusual perspectives. In a generous final touch, tucked away on the copyright page in the hack, the message in the bottle is revealed: It's a note sent from the other side of the ocean, from a child in search of a pen pal, and signed ""Hideko.

Pub Date: May 1, 1998

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Henry Holt

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1998