How will Gregory find his way back to Dad? Swish-swoosh . . . Gregory draws a lion in the sand. "Don't go in the water, and don't leave Sandy," warns Dad. But the sandy lion grows a tail that gets longer and longer—and soon Gregory is lost on the beach. This wonderful read-aloud book brings to life a summer experience that is all too familiar for young children. Karen Williams's rhythmic text has been paired with Floyd Cooper's brilliant illustrations, revealing the trip down the beach entirely from a child's point of view. A gentle father-son bond is shown in both text and art, reassuring young readers even as they share in Greg's moment of worry at finding himself lost and alone.
Karen Lynn Williams
is the author of over a dozen books for children, including the beloved titles Galimoto
and recent award-winners such as Four Feet, Two Sandals
and Circles of Hope
. Her books often feature children in developing countries, and she has lived and worked in both Africa and Haiti. Ms. Williams lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.Floyd Cooper
is the winner of the 2009 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for The Blacker the Berry
by Joyce Carol Thomas. He is the illustrator of over sixty books for children, including Becoming Billie Holiday
by Carol Boston Weatherford and Miss Crandall's School for Young Ladies and Little Misses of Color
by Elizabeth Alexander and Marilyn Nelson. He lives in Easton, Pennsylvania.
★ "Scoop up this tale for its strength as a unique beach story and for its warm portrayal of an African-American son and father enjoying the outdoors." — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★"A charming tale of creativity and discovery." — School Library Journal, starred review
"A lovely collaboration suited for every collection." — Booklist