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One White Wishing Stone: A Beach Day…

One White Wishing Stone: A Beach Day Counting Book

by Doris K. Gayzagian

Other authors: Kristina Swarner (Illustrator)

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A young girl and her mother spend the day at the beach in this lovely little counting book, which also offers a gentle tribute to the mellow delights of the seashore. With a rhyming text - "Three thistly cockleburs, prickly and brown / Four soft seagull feathers gently floating down" - that chronicles the many objects that the girl finds in her exploration, and watercolor and pencil illustrations that perfectly capture the peaceful mood of the day, One White Wishing Stone will transport young reader/listeners to an idyllic world of enchantment.

I don't know that I would ever have picked this up on my own - alphabet and counting books are usually outside my areas of interest, when it comes to children's books - but two friends rated it very highly, and I was curious (thanks, Lisa & Kathryn!). Kristina Swarner's illustrations really were lovely, with their beautiful blue and golden tones, and their sense of depth and mystery. I was reminded of some of my own childhood sojourns on the shore... ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 22, 2013 |
This counting book (numbers 1-10) features appropriately soft illustrations, things it makes sense to count, and interesting vocabulary. The whole works together to make that rarest of things: a counting book worth spending time with. Nicely done. ( )
  adge73 | Nov 22, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0792251105, Hardcover)

National Geographic Books present a delightful new title that is sure to become a children's summer classic.

Writer Doris Gayzagian and illustrator Kristina Swarner have collaborated to produce a magical, poetic counting book. A mother and child's day at the beach is brought to life in 32 beautifully illustrated pages of simple verse, capturing every child's delight in the natural joys of the seashore.

The young girl and her mother make their first footprints in the sand early on a summer morning. The child's mind is soon swept up in exploration and discovery as she eagerly counts all the newfound natural wonders of the seashore.

Each fresh page shines brightly with the magic sparkle of a child's summertime: from arriving and setting up a sun umbrella…to splashing around in a tide pool…to lovingly building a sandcastle decorated with seashells and feathers…to the return home and tucking into bed. In the evocative ebb and flow of words and pictures, the learning of names and the counting of beach creatures and the ocean's flotsam becomes a shared journey of discovery and joy for parents and young children.

Kristina Swarner's illustrations will transport young imaginations to the wonderland of sea, sand, and sun. Once there, young readers and listeners will learn to name this world through the comforting repetition and engaging simplicity of Doris Gayzagian's rhymes. This is the perfect summer book for children, and parents, who relish the delight of discovery and the endless fascination of long, hot days at the shore.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:19:09 -0400)

A girl gathers natural objects to decorate her sandcastle, saving some of them to take back home from the beach.

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