How Will We Get to the Beach
Roxanne is headed for the beach on a beautiful summer day. She is taking her baby, an umbrella, a book, a ball, and their turtle. Getting there proves to be quite an adventure. First, the young woman's car breaks down. Then each alternate form of transportation-a bus, a bicycle, a skateboard, a kayak, and a hot-air balloon-is unsuitable because one of the five items doesn't fit. Each time, readers must guess which one it is. Finally, a farmer with his horse and cart comes along and gives Roxanne and her entourage a lift. The writing is spare, yet the story flows seamlessly. The repeated phrase "But something couldn't go with them. What was it?" ties each adventure together and keeps readers wondering how Roxanne is going to get to her destination. The vivid illustrations convey all the effort and frustration that she experiences. Though on the surface the colorful pictures appear simple, details abound: a ladybug, the baby's pacifier, and the turtle, which on occasion is tied to Roxanne's head. This book also introduces the concepts of color (red, orange, yellow, green, and blue) and counting. Text and pictures mesh beautifully. Toddlers will love the uncomplicated story, while older preschoolers will be involved in guessing what must be left behind. An absolute delight. Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.