A Beach Tail

by Karen Lynn Williams

Other authorsFloyd Cooper (Illustrator)
Paperback, 2010



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Boyds Mills Press (2010), 32 pages


When his father tells him not to leave the lion he is drawing on the beach, a little boy starts making a very, very long tail--and a trail to follow back.

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LibraryThing member mmleynek
Personal Response:

This is a simplistic story of a father and son at the beach. I love the beach so I was drawn to this story for that reason. It reminded me a bit of Hansel and Gretal and the trail of breadcrumbs they left to find their way home.

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This is a good read aloud for
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young children.
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LibraryThing member dangerlibearian
Good read aloud, good sounds, a boy draws a sea "lion" in the sand, then draws a long sandy tail, when he gets lost he follows the tail back to the lion and his dad.
LibraryThing member MalissaLojszczyk
A young boy finds adventure during a trip to the beach. He draws a lion in the sand and the adventure begins as he draws the lion's long, long tail.
LibraryThing member YMcMillion
This was a good book, it was a bit confusing and I had trouble understanding the meaning and the point of the story, but after reading it again, I was able to understand it and appreciate it. It is a great book and has great illustrations.
LibraryThing member alaskagirl
daddy told son not to go in the water. so the boy never went in the water .So he found a stick to make line around the lion his daddy drew ,then he found a jellyfish and drew around that to, then he saw a hole in the gound and drew around that, than he saw a ghostcrab and drew around that , than he
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felt the water on his feet .Than he realize that he was so far away from his daddy cause he couldn't see the blue umbrella and the dolphin towel , so he back track following he lines he made until he saw his daddy.
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LibraryThing member Sullywriter
Appealing father-son story set on the beach.
LibraryThing member JenJ.
Alternate book for Tons of Fun in May 2010. The illustrations here are a little monotone for me. I like the story, but don't find the text to be particularly inspired. This would be best as a lapsit title for kids who prefer quiet tales, but would also work as a read-alone for beginning readers who
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are at the early fluency stage.
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LibraryThing member scote23
I think I like this story so much because it reminds me of my own behavior at the beach when I was a child.
LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
When Gregory's father tells him not to leave "Sandy" - the lion he has drawn in the sand - and not to go in the water, the young boy has no intention of doing anything else. Stick in hand, he sets out to give Sandy a tail. Stretching down the beach - past a gooey purple jellyfish, the washed-out
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remains of a sand castle, and a little crab scurrying in the warm sand - it turns out to be a very long tail indeed, and although Greg doesn't go in the water, or leave Sandy, he discovers that he has left Dad behind...

A gentle tale (or should that be "tail?") of a day at the beach, this lovely picture-book explores the wonder and excitement of a sunny summer day, and the loving bond between father and son. Floyd Cooper - who won a Coretta Scott King Illustrators Award for his work on Joyce Carol Thomas's The Blacker the Berry: Poems - captures all the joy of Williams' simple narrative with his pastel illustrations. The cover illustration is probably my favorite, but the final spread, in which Dad and Gregory join hands to take a dip, is beautiful as well. All in all, a charming picture-book, perfect for a summertime read with young children!
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LibraryThing member matthewbloome
Floyd Cooper truly outdid himslef on this book. This was a wonderfully illustrated beach tale about a boy exploring the beach by manipulating what his father told him so that he technically was following his guidelines without following their intent. Well done.
LibraryThing member Joy_Duval
A Beach Tail is about a young boy who has an adventure while drawing his sand lion's, Sandy, tail. Then he realizes he has gone too far away from his father and in order to get back he must follow Sandy's tail.
Source: Pierce College Library
Agse: 4-6
LibraryThing member cmbeck
A boy at the beach with his dad. His dad draws a sandy lion in the sand and tells his son not to wonder past sandy. His son takes a little adventure and ends up far from where he started. He retraces is line in the sand and relives his adventure backwards to end up back at the sandy lion. Where his
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dad is laying waiting for him.
Ages 4 and up
Pierce College library
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LibraryThing member melodyreads
drawing lines along the beach


Buckaroo Book Award (Nominee — 2012)
Charlotte Zolotow Award (Highly Commended Title — 2011)
Carolyn W. Field Award (Nominee — Children's — 2011)


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