At the Beach

by Elizabeth Spurr, illustrated by Manelle Oliphant

Simple, evocative language and charming illustrations describe one boy’s day at the beach.

In this gently rhyming board book about a visit to the beach, a young boy digs in the sand and makes a sand birthday cake, then loses it to the waves. His mother distracts him with a picnic and he falls asleep at the end of a full and happy day.

Elizabeth Spurr and Manelle Oliphant together create a perfect sit-in-your-lap reading experience for toddlers.


Oliphant’s soft drawings, which look to be a mix of watercolor and colored pencil, capture the flow of sand and water well. . . While the youngster was pleasingly more self-reliant and self-assured in previous offerings, his play and his interactions with the natural world continue to ring true.
Kirkus Reviews
“The gentle scenes are depicted in watercolor and pencil, with one or two words per page. . . This simple story will resonate with parents and children.”
School Library Journal

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