Friday, June 6, 2014

PPBF: Beach Feet

Today's Perfect Picture Book Friday pick

Beach Feet
Written by Masamitsu Saito
Illustrated by Kiyomi Konagay
Translated by Yuki Kaneko
Enchanted Lion, 2006, American edition 2012
ages 4-7

Seasonal, Playtime, Beach

" I'm at the beach. Yippee! The warm salty breeze tickles my nose. My shirt is off and I'm ready for the waves.

The energetic child in this story bounds from hot sand to salty waves, exploring the many sensory details of a day at the beach. Told in spare text, this colorful picture book will delight wee ones and get them in a summer frame-of-mind.

What I Love:
I love the way this book doesn't need to reveal the main character. We experience all the action by watching the child's feet, or sometimes his / her back. The illustrations are vibrant. The text is kinetic. The story is full of the sights, sounds, tastes of the beach, making this book so much fun to share. It's not a deep or educational story, but it is one I plan to purchase and to share often.

Pastel illustrations by Kiyomi Konagay

Thanks to Living Well Spending Less
1. You can get a preview of more inside spreads on Seven Impossible Things. Thanks, Jules.
2. Read the first in the Being in the World series, In the Meadow.
3. It's not too early to visit the beach. Have you been to the "top ten"?
4. Bake a sand castle cake.
5. Give your flip-flops a makeover from crafty Mother Huddle.
6. Look for these other related Perfect Picture Books at your local library.

A David Wiesner classic
A sandy fantasy
A Beach Alphabet

Reviewed by Patient Dreamer
I know there have been more perfectly beachy picture books reviewed by the community on Fridays, but I had trouble finding them. Please include a link to your past reviews of related books in the comments. Thanks.

Check out all the recommended titles for Perfect Picture Book Friday
for June 6, 2014, available on Susanna Leonard Hill's excellent blog.

Next week will be the last PPBF of the summer, but please check back each week or become a follower, because Fridays will still be reserved for a sizzling summer book club. See you then!


  1. I'll have to check this out for the lovely loose illos!

  2. My feet love the beach!! I'll have to check this one out! Thanks!

    1. I'd like to see a book about where your feet travel . . . :)

  3. What a fun summer read before a trip to the beach. I just returned from the beach, so it brings back memories. I actually like the idea of only showing the feet and body with out faces. Very unique!

    1. This book definitely opened my eyes to creative storytelling. I can't wait to get to the shore myself. Thanks.

  4. This is a cute summer read. (Although I am in the middle of winter down here :)) Loved the cake link and the make over flip flops. Thank you.

    1. Someday I hope to visit your corner of the world! Thanks for reading.

  5. Looks absolutely lovely - and I ADORE the illustrations you shared. Makes me wanna go to the beach right now! :D Thanks!

    1. Thanks. The illustrations are so exciting. I'm so glad this book is now available in the U.S.


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