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This book is a lively bunch of illustrations of babies and their families having fun at the beach. There is a snippet of text to start the dialog as you turn the page, but the main appeal of the book is pointing out all of the different babies and the fun they are having. The children and adults are diverse and dressed in lots of bright colors.
There are two pages at the end with tips for the reader with questions to ask and things to point out on each page. This is a great idea for a board book. The first few times I read this with my toddlers I skipped over those pages and they were indifferent to the book. Once I took the time to read and use the tips, it turned this book into a favorite that needs to be read before bed each night.
The most exciting page for my daughters is the one that has some mischievous babies who have taken off their swimsuits. They point and laugh and say “butt! butt!” I guess that kind of humor starts earlier than I realized.
Once I took advantage of the reader tips, this book became a lot more enjoyable for me. We interact, point and ask questions, and it is great reading time for both parent and kids.
Sprout Score: ★★★★★
Reader Score: ★★★★
Illustrator: Violet Lemay
For Ages: Toddlers and Preschoolers
For more about the authors and Beach Babies, go here.